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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jan 2010, 13:02    Post_subject:  Virus attack hits Vista machines, cripples university networ  


A massive virus attack has hit the University of Exeter resulting in the entire network being shut down both by the virus and the network staff in an attempt to protect the infrastructure. ...

...According to my source within the university, they are attempting to fix the issues with MS09-050, which details a vulnerability in Windows Vista (including SP1 and SP2), along with Windows Server 2008 (SP1 and SP2), which allows remote code execution. ...

...An internal email from the network security administration has been quoted as saying, “This is what happens when SUS [software update service] admins don’t auto-approve”, suggesting someone managing the network updates hadn’t patched the exploitable computers with the appropriate fix, leading to this issue....

...Vista has seemed to live to die another day, and maybe for Exeter, this day will be sooner rather than later. However, universities and institutions are stuck with Vista if they have already upgraded due to compatibility issues and the lack of support available now for XP. [Isn't lack of support the reason usually given for not wanting to use Linux?] After the disruption caused to staff and students as a result of this breach, not to mention the money lost, I wouldn’t blame them if they thought an immediate upgrade to Windows 7 or even another operating system would be a wise investment.
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PostPosted: Wed 20 Jan 2010, 14:18    Post_subject:  

I guess the University has money to burn.....fools and someone else's money are easily parted.


ps are not Universities supposed to house intelligent people or is it it just about money now? Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun 24 Jan 2010, 18:15    Post_subject:  

Whilst there may be hundreds of intelligent academic staff, and thousands of intelligent students, they don't run the place.

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