New Windows Worm Hits More Than 8 Million PCs Worldwide. It’s Not Where You Think!
The good news for you is that it mostly affects business PCs and not home users. Microsoft released a patch to fix this issue back in October but many corporate IT departments have been slow to apply patches in house. If you have your automatic update feature turned on in Windows and have been receiving and installing regular updates, you should be fine. You might want to check the last time you ran a virus scan. If it’s longer than a week, run it now.
The bad news is that most of us have a PC at work as well. Check with your IT folks to determine if they have the right patches on your work computer. While the worm is fairly harmless at the moment, it could easily be changed to harvest personal and private info about you or your organization. If they don’t believe you, I have left some links that will help you out! You might want to take a second to read them as well.
Speaking to the BBC, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant with anti-virus firm Sophos, said the outbreak was of a scale they had not seen for some time.
"A shortage of IT staff during the holiday break didn’t help and rolling out a patch over a large number of computers isn’t easy.
"What’s more, if your users are using weak passwords – 12345, QWERTY, etc – then the virus can crack them in short order," he added.
"But as the virus can be spread with USB memory sticks, even having the Windows patch won’t keep you safe. You need anti-virus software for that."
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