January 3, 2006
Happy New Year, CNET members,
It's a brand-spanking New Year, out with the old and in with the new, welcoming innovative computer technology and ideas. But the new year also brings new or more variants of computer worms and viruses. With that in mind, I'd like to bring your attention to Senior Editor Robert Vamosi's latest Security Watch column, "The next Sober virus attack," in which he pegs the date of January 6 as the beginning of the next Sober virus attack, which will launch another wave of e-mail attacks on the Internet. So are you ready for it? If not, keep your antivirus definitions up-to-date and install a firewall if you haven't already. Now that you have prepared for this attack, who do you think is responsible for the Sober virus or just viruses in general? Bored kids? Organized crime? Antivirus companies? Others? And above all, why the heck do they do it? What's your opinion? Talk back to us here. We're all ears!
This week's hot topic:
Return of the Sober virus
In his latest Security Watch column, Robert Vamosi reports that the Sober virus could launch another wave of e-mail attacks this Friday (January 6). Are you prepared? Several of you shared virus horror stories as well as tips on how to keep Sober from attacking.
Follow the basics
CNET member hamachiman has fallen victim to e-mail viruses in the past, and he's learned his lesson. In his post, he offers a couple of simple tips to help keep you Sober-free.
Read hamachiman's full post in CNET TalkBack
Just say no
Offering up a simpler but still effective solution, CNET member Ck87.JF suggests not opening up e-mail attachments at all. If you don't open infected files, you'll never get a virus.
Read Ck87.JF's full post in CNET TalkBack
Why are they created?
CNET member Eskiegirl302 asks a valid question: Why do people create viruses in the first place? What's their motivation? Several of you responded, citing everything from boredom to complex conspiracy theories.
Read Eskiegirl302's full post in CNET TalkBack
Whether you've been bitten by the Sober virus or not, let us know how you stay prepared for the next wave of virus attacks, and tell us who you think is behind these viruses. Read "The next Sober virus attack," and speak up in the TalkBack section.
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