One of my friends just gave me a call frantically asking for help.
It seems the net has suffered from a huge slowdown in several regions of the world thanks to this new virus that was released a little while ago.
Now now before you get your panties in a bunch, I’m 95% sure it does not affect you. Why? Well, it only affect those people running SQL 2000 servers. That’s it, nothing else.
What’s worse is that the security flaw which allowed this exploit was known as of last July. It’s affecting tons of servers out there now… Sad huh?
What’s even worse is that it seems only to affect you if you have exposed your database server to the web. The numero uno prime rule that should never ever be broken is very simple. Do not, for the love of god, leave your database server exposed to the web. That’s just asking to get hacked because we all know how Bill loves keeping his products secure right? Doing that is like dropping the soap and bending over to pick it up in a men’s jail shower… You’re just asking for trouble at that point.
When she told me her server was exposed to the web, I just about peed myself laughing. Needless to say she wasn’t a happy camper when she heard the phone drop with me giggling like a school girl in the distance. Anyhoo, with her box affected, I told her she should just wipe the machine clean, re-install everything and go from the most recent backup after applying all necessary security patches. Luckily, she only lost a half-day’s worth of work which isn’t bad at all. But it’s a valuable lesson to her…