Latest Sober worm due to launch at midnight tonight

Computerworld News catalogs A Sober Primer: The worm from A to Z. “With the Sober worm set to launch new attacks at midnight tonight, here’s an A-to-Z guide to identifying the worm’s many iterations for the past two years.” The linked article talks about the latest incarnation, due to launch at midnight tonight. You may want to turn your Windows PC off tonight, just in case. Check to make sure your virus scanner is up to date, that your firewall is enabled (both incoming and outgoing, not the Windows one-way XP firewall), that your malware detectors are up to date and have scanned your machine recently.

It probably won’t affect anything more than usual, but you ought to check to make sure you’ve got charged batteries for the cellphone, the PDA, the flashlight. A full tank of gas in case you need to drive off to a client first thing, and the Windows ATM isn’t working. Filling the bathtub with water will let you flush the toilet if the water pressure goes. Perhaps you should review your Emergency Preparedness Checklist, just in case. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bedbugs bite.

Trustworthy Computing. Ain’t it grand?

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