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MyDoom - SCO/Microsoft Update

77% of all total infections received in January 2004 was MyDoom, says one expert.

Experts at AlertSite, the Web site monitoring company, indicated this morning that home page load times for both SCO and Microsoft experienced problems over the weekend, the most serious of which was the crashing of the SCO Web site as of 1:00 AM on Sunday February 1.

Of this weekend, they say:

"www.sco.com was available most of the time until after 6:00 PM on Saturday, January 31. It was available very sporadically until about 1:00 AM on February 1 at which point it became completely unavailable. SCO's Web site continues to be unavailable this morning. SCO is now operating a new site.

www.microsoft.com experienced some fairly significant performance degradation. On Feb 1, Microsoft's home page was approximately 24% less responsive than either of the previous two Sundays. During the afternoon on Feb 1 average home page response time was up more than 70%. "


Meantime Central Command, a leading provider of PC anti-virus software and computer security services today released its monthly listing of the top twelve viruses reported for January, 2004. The report, coined the "Dirty Dozen", is based on the number of virus occurrences confirmed through Central Command's Emergency Virus Response Team.

The table below represents the most prevalent viruses for January 2004, number one being the most frequent.

Ranking Virus Name Percentage

1. Worm/MyDoom.A 77.4%
2. Worm/Sober.C 5.9%
3. Worm/Bagle.A 2.0%
4. Worm/ MiMail.I 1.7%
5. Worm/ Gibe.C 1.5%
6. Worm/Klez.E 1.3%
7. Worm/MiMail.J 1.0%
8. Worm/BugBear.B 0.7%
9. Worm/MiMail.A 0.5%
10. Worm/Dumaru.A 0.5%
11. Worm/Hawawi.G 0.4%
12. W32/Nimda 0.3% Others 6.8%

"In only a few days, the hefty volume of circulating MyDoom emails caused pandemonium for computer users worldwide," said Steven Sundermeier, Vice President of Products and Services at Central Command, Inc. Central Command's Emergency Virus Response Team confirmed that over 77% of all total infections received in January 2004 was MyDoom. "It didn't take MyDoom long to become a predominant member of the 'who's who' list of high impacting computer worms. It's safe to say that MyDoom bypassed the big leagues and took a straight path to the hall-of-fame."

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richm 02/02/04 02:04:07 PM EST

The SCO Group, Inc. will use www.thescogroup.com as an alternate web site while www.sco.com remains under a denial of service attack from machines infected with the My Doom worm, the company said this morning. The URL is expected to serve as an interm site for SCO through Feb. 12, when the DDoS is expected to conclude. "SCO has developed layers of contingency plans to communicate with our valued customers, resellers, developers, partners and shareholders," said Jeff Carlon, the company's director of worldwide IT infrastructure, who called the new domain "the first step" in its planning.
sco.com actually resolves to the same IP address as www.thescogroup.com.

% host sco.com
sco.com has address 216.250.128.21
% host www.thescogroup.com
www.thescogroup.com has address 216.250.128.21
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Performance data on www.thescogroup.com is available now.