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August 19, 2005

Zotob update

Posted by David Hunter at 11:11 AM ET.

PCWorld says:

Windows 2000 Worms Still Spreading

Zotob and its variants are affecting businesses, but home users remain largely unaffected.

Not a real surprise since Windows 2000 was never a home favorite plus the not surprising revelation from the study that was in the news in June by AssetMetrix that showed substantial continued use of Windows 2000 in business, particularly large organizations:

The report also found that while Windows XP is now the most popular operating system for companies with fewer than 250 PCs, Windows 2000 still has a greater than 50% market share in larger organizations.

Smaller businesses also don’t have an IT organization qualifiying all patches before they are applied, so given that they are actually applying updates, they are likely ahead of the malware writers.

In related news, Microsoft has updated their Malicious Software Removal Tool to remove Zotob.

Filed under OS - Client, Security, Viruses and Worms, Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP

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