Did Blaster Contribute to the Northeast Blackout?

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Date: Thursday, September 4th, 2003, 09:56
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An article on ARS Technica explains how “network congestion brought on by the Blaster worm might’ve contributed to the cascading effect that brought down the power grid in much of the Northeast recently”

The online news scene is full of stories right now about how August was the worst month in computing history for computer viruses. What’s amazing to me is that none of the major viruses has yet had a payload that’s designed to wreak serious havoc, like formatting hard drives, subtly altering numbers in Excel spreadsheets, or otherwise messing with people’s data in a way that might really mess up major industries. But of course, it’s only a matter of time.

Exactly why I use a Mac.


An article on ARS Technica explains how “network congestion brought on by the Blaster worm might’ve contributed to the cascading effect that brought down the power grid in much of the Northeast recently”

The online news scene is full of stories right now about how August was the worst month in computing history for computer viruses. What’s amazing to me is that none of the major viruses has yet had a payload that’s designed to wreak serious havoc, like formatting hard drives, subtly altering numbers in Excel spreadsheets, or otherwise messing with people’s data in a way that might really mess up major industries. But of course, it’s only a matter of time.

Exactly why I use a Mac.

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