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Resources | Special coverage: the Code Red worm

TruSecure 'surgeon general' calls the kettle black
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger exposes Russ Cooper's chutzpah. First he told reporters Code Red would cause "the meltdown of the Internet." Then he gave reporters the same "meltdown" prediction for Code Red II. After his predictions tanked -- twice! -- Cooper told a reporter he questions the motives of publicity-hungry security experts...
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Code Red -- the soft drink, not the worm
A Wall Street Journal reporter filed a story about Code Red. Not the worm -- the soft drink. It seems PepsiCo rewarded eEye for naming a notorious worm after their new brand of soda. Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger is glad somebody outside the computer security industry profited from the predicted "meltdown" of the Internet...
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Would umbrella manufacturers predict good weather? (part 2)
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger notes when a fire breaks out, reporters want to speak with any fireman on the scene. When a murder occurs, reporters want to speak with any cop on the scene. Yet when a computer security crime occurs, reporters want to speak with any security vendor on the scene. What's wrong with this picture?

BONUS ITEM: Vmyths obtained actual pictures of the Code Red worm. These photos are not for the weak...

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Military veterans threaten DoD cyber-security, part 2
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger looked up the definition for agoraphobia: "abnormal fear of being helpless in an embarrassing or unescapable situation that is characterized especially by the avoidance of open or public places." Sounds like the U.S. military's fear of the Code Red worm...
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Blazing mailboxes
The Code Red hysteria reminds Vmyths editor-at-large George C. Smith of the baked-beans scene in the "Blazing Saddles" movie. "How 'bout some more beans, Mr. Taggart?" Smith would say you've had enough...
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Being perry-noid doesn't mean they're not out to infect you
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger muses on an intriguing theory. Do MCSE undergrads and college students contribute to the spread of the Code Red worm? If so, then we'll need to outlaw homework...
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Why do home users tally their own Code Red stats?
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger observed users around the world who want to know every time a Code Red worm tries to compromise their home PCs. Why do so many individuals go to such great lengths to collect so much data? What do they intend to do with all the Code Red data they collect?

BONUS ITEM: the U.S. military admits what we've known all along -- its own retirees pose a threat to national security! The Pentagon shut down DoD-run retiree websites as a safety precaution...

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Please erase your hard disk as a precaution
The SANS Institute urges people to REFORMAT hard disks as a PRECAUTION against the Code Red II worm. It's "the only real solution," they claim. But antivirus vendors expressed disbelief when Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger asked them to comment on SANS' advice...
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Give the security clown a black armband
Vmyths editor Rob Rosenberger notes the insane clown posse ordered you to eradicate the Code Red worm for the good of the Internet. You didn't listen, so they tried to scare you into doing your duty. You still didn't listen. Now you must sacrifice your hard disk for the good of the Internet. When will you finally obey their commands?
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Token computer security critic
Vmyths editor-at-large George C. Smith notes we worry about an Internet meltdown. People who live near Mt. Etna worry about molten lava. Guess who worries more about their plight?
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