Bloomberg.com: U.S. — This worm seems like a good way to get people to get off of the W2K teat. W2K is the last MS-OS that could be transferred easily from machine to machine. And still one of the best most reliable OS’s.
A computer virus targeting Microsoft Corp.’s Windows software shut down machines at Time Warner Inc.’s Cable News Network and SBC Communications Inc., and may spread globally, according to antivirus software companies.
The destructive program is a strain of an existing virus known as Zotob affecting computers running the Windows 2000 operating system, according to Stephen Toulouse, security program manager at Microsoft. Trend Micro Inc., Japan’s biggest antivirus software maker, and Symantec Corp., the world’s biggest, raised their risk ratings on the virus.
“We are not aware at this time of a new attack. Our analysis has revealed that the reported worms are different variations of the existing attack called Zotob,” Microsoft’s Toulouse wrote in an e-mailed statement. He said customers who had updated their software or are using other operating system versions such as Windows XP, weren’t affected by the virus.