latest hacker attack using a virus over the Internet affected motor
vehicle departments in at least two states, shutting down their
operations for a time, according to media reports.
24 offices of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration were shut
down Aug. 12 after the Blaster worm invaded the agency’s computer
network, The Washington Post reported. Meanwhile, 86 driver’s
license offices in Louisiana shut down the same day as the worm
crawled into their computer systems, according to The Times Picayune.
agencies were up and running again by Aug. 14.
worm also invaded other government offices and a large number of
home computers across the country.
Corp., the creator of the Windows operating system that the worm
targets, said in a statement that the company started an investigation
into the worm Aug. 11 after its Product Support Services division
reported it. The invasive program targets Microsoft Windows NT 4.0,
Microsoft Windows 2000, Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Windows
worm can affect home computers. Some users of the Windows system
might not even notice the worm on their systems, Microsoft said,
but affected computers may reboot every few minutes, or become entirely
according to the latest OOIDA member survey, more than half of truckers
have computers and roughly half use them for their business records,
it’s important that truckers protect their systems against Blaster.
Microsoft suggests computer users fight the worm using anti-virus
software, a patch provided by Microsoft that can be downloaded at
the company’s site, or by installing a firewall program to protect
their computer from invasion.
more details about the virus and how to protect against it, go to http://www.microsoft.com/security/incident/blast.asp.