Wednesday, August 17, 2005
When Microsoft released its latest handful of security updates last Tuesday, as they do every second Tuesday of the month, the vulnerabilities they fix were also disclosed to the public. When malicious individuals get a hold of this information, they go to work trying to find exploits for the vulnerabilities and try to attack machines that are not patched yet. This is called a "zero-day attack." Well, the latest worms that are going around trying to infect machines are called "Zotob" and "Esbot". If you are a Windows user, make sure you have installed the latest security updates from Microsoft. The easiest way is to turn on Automatic Updates so that you receive an automatic notification whenever there are new updates available. Be safe!