(CNN) -- Seeing a rise in hacker activity that could be a prelude to a broad Internet attack, security experts Thursday urged computer users to protect their machines by installing a free patch offered by Microsoft.
We implore the private sector -- both business and home users -- to visit the Microsoft Web site and install the patches and mitigations necessary to prevent this from creating a negative effect on the Internet as a whole. -- FBI spokesman Bill Murray
[This message has been edited by Bill Addiss (edited 07-31-2003).]
Did you get your Updates? In XP there should be a little icon (maybe flashing?) in the lower right corner of the desktop on the toolbar that notifies you that Updates are available. You can click on details and review what's available and choose what you'd like to install by checking/unchecking box.
Re: Experts anxious over possible Web attack#27769 08/02/0306:18 AM08/02/0306:18 AM
Yeah Bill, I've got them, mate!. But, other side of the coin, I've got viruses through Updates being sent to my system. I scan everything with Norton AntiVirus, if it doesn't pass muster, it gets sent to the Quarantine bin.
Re: Experts anxious over possible Web attack#27770 08/02/0306:39 AM08/02/0306:39 AM
The internet (then the Arpanet) was specifically designed to be immune to damage from attacks against individual servers, switching nodes, etc. And not just network attacks, but little things like nuclear war...
I have to think that this is yet another scare story being used to:
>Further demonize "hackers".
>Provide a justification for government internet surveillance in the name of "Homeland Security".
>Keep the citizenry "on edge" about the latest "terrorist threat of the week", so they dont notice the Bill of Rights being shredded and the economy in the toilet.
>Funnel more money/business to Micro$oft, whose lousy products are behind most of the vulnerabilities in the first place!
It is becomming more and more obvious that much of the terrorism hysteria is being used to serve an agenda OTHER THAN providing "homeland security". Keep the population scared out of their wits, and they will BEG to have their rights taken away.