Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Space Invaders

If any of you were wondering where I disappeared to yesterday, or even if you weren't, I was tracking down and killing viruses.

We have it pretty good where I work. Our Internet security is second to none, and because of that, we haven't had any virus troubles in over three years. That changed yesterday, when one of our salesmen who had been in Dallas with his laptop last week came back here and plugged into our network. He had been in a hotel and connected to their wireless Internet connection, and then left his laptop on all night, just encouraging something to come along and infect it.

From this "Typhoid Mary" of sorts, four other machines in the local group were infected via the network. The virus doesn't require an email to spread, just a network connection (in human terms, you don't have to kiss someone to catch it, you just have to breathe the same air).

The reason we found it is that it attempts to send data to a server (apparently located in Russia), and our security won't allow unauthorized outbound data, so the virus would crash, and take the rest of the machine with it.

Needless to say, I was a little busy yesterday.
posted by S.C. @ 7:48 AM |


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