by Mike Masnick
Mon, Feb 9th 2009 1:25pm
Reader Calvin sends in two separate stories of government institutions who apparently failed to patch their Windows machines to protect against the Conficker virus -- despite the patch being available for many months. First, Houston police have stopped arresting people with outstanding traffic warrants and shut down the municipal court system for a few days to try to deal with their computer systems being overrun by the virus. Then, across the Atlantic, the French Navy is dealing with a similar problem, forcing them to ground many of their fighter planes. Some naval staff were told not to turn on their computers at all, as apparently the Navy's internal computer network has been hit by the virus as well. Apparently, now might be a good time to run some traffic lights in Houston or invade France (kidding, kidding...).
If you liked this post, you may also be interested in...
- Akamai: 12-Year-Old SSH Vulnerability Fueling Internet-Of-Broken-Things DDoS Attacks, And Worse
- Government Seeks Do-Over On Win For Microsoft And Its Overseas Data
- Digital Republic Bill Uses Crowdsourcing To Promote Data Protection, Net Neutrality And Openness In France
- Verizon Wants $1 Billion Discount After Yahoo Scandals, Still Fancies Itself The New Google
- Basically All Big Tech Companies Deny Scanning Communications For NSA Like Yahoo Is Doing