Attention Microsoft Users --
As of late Tuesday afternoon Chicago time, major news networks are reporting being affected by a new bug called Zotob. It affects Microsoft systems, as described in a Microsoft Bulliton MS05-039, a document that was released earlier this month. CERT sources say that they have seen several variets of the Zobot [sic] worm. The Worm is reported to scan for vunerable systems on port 445.
Port 445 is part of the protocols that Microsoft uses for directory services.
Interestingly enough, as I am typing this to you, Microsoft has not made any publications on it's main website about the situation, nor has provided a "protect yourself now" link.
People are encouraged to do the following:
* Close port 445 on your firewall.
* Update your computer to the latest set of Microsoft fixes using Windows Update. Install those updates, and REBOOT your computer
* Update your Antivirus technologies
* Check your computer to see if you have an FTP server running on TCP port 1117
According to Symantec's website, the worm iaffects all flavors of Windows out there, except for Windows 3.1 It will also affect Windows Servers.
As for me, I will be watching this play out from the comfort of my Macintosh.