September 26, 2001

Unix raises the bar

Author: JT Smith

From osOpinion: "Anyone not living on the moon for the past few days has either heard of or been affected by the Nimda worm.

This worm appears to be one of the most destructive pieces of software yet, and has wreaked havoc on a large percentage of Internet users and
businesses throughout the world. Reports of entire companies shutting down for days are not uncommon as IT departments and system administrators
struggle to clean machines and install patches.

When Nimda first appeared, everyone seemed to be in a state of panic and frustration, yet my company continued business as usual. Our servers and
workstations were completely unaffected. The Nimda scare was merely an article on Slashdot among all the other tech articles of the day. Why?

We run Unix."


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