Another Internet volcano thanks to MS

Yahoo: Virus Overwhelms Global Internet Systems

"The virus-like attack, which began about 12:30 a.m. EST, sought out vulnerable computers on the Internet to infect using a known flaw in popular database software from Microsoft Corp., called "SQL Server 2000.""

Just wondering, when is Microsoft going to be made responsible for these problems? If someone could, say... cause all the Chevy Cavaliers on the road to swerve into oncoming traffic when they hear a particular tone on the radio, do you think maybe Chevy might get into trouble about this vulnerability? But where's the trouble at Microsoft? They release a patch and don't take any heat. And it's not like this is an isolated incident... all the viruses are taking advantage of gaping holes in MS software. Code Red, Nimda, you name it.

I think a government, I don't care which one, needs to rake them over the coals. Companies affected should file claims with their insurance providers, and they should in turn go after MS with force. They have lots of cash... now that they're giving out dividends, shareholders are going to care a little more about avoidable losses.

Written on January 25, 2003