A lesson on updating operating systems…

[tweetmeme source=”franscomputerservices” only_single=false]Virus attack hits Vista machines, cripples university network (ZDNet Blogs):

A massive virus attack has hit the University of Exeter resulting in the entire network being shut down both by the virus and the network staff in an attempt to protect the infrastructure.

The virus hit the network on Monday and is still having major implications even now – two days later. According to the IT support email:

…this is a completely new virus and we are the only organisation in the world to experience it. None of the mainstream virus software suppliers have seen this virus, and as such, there is no fix.

Apparently, according to the article, this might not have happened if the administrators of the SUS (Software Updates Service) had auto-approved updates — in other words, might have been avoided if they had patched their Vista operating systems when Microsoft put out the patches for the vulnerability that allowed this to happen.

I would highly recommend that updates be installed ASAP in most cases.

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