Let me start off by saying my domain stayed up and running thru the entire event last night. I attribute that primarily to the preventative measures taken by my host server.
No mistake many folks didn't realize it happened or the significance of it. Some folks just don't seem to care.
I feel if the event had taken place thru the week....well, the effects we all felt would have been much, much worse. Yikes! Mighta made Code Red a 'flash in the pan' in comparison to the potential this event had. Imagine if had happened Monday morning moments before the opening bell.
Like some, I am amazed at how many machines were not patched. It just boggles my mind that given the historical 'slip-shodyness' (sp.) of Microsoft, that so many had not regularly sought out possible vulnerabilities and patched them.
MS has had that patch up since June '02 and there are those who would say MS failed by not making updates automatic. On the other hand, some would think it's up to me to make sure the fuel tank in my car is topped off, or that the brakes are up to par before I head down the Interstate for vacation.
While that may not be the best analogy, I feel far too many people fail to take this technological medium seriously by assuming patches and other measures should come to them.
Let me clarify that I am not sitting here wagging my fingers at those who got caught with their collective pants down, because I'm not.
No matter what product or service you use or buy, the final responsibility falls on the individual user...whether we like to admit it or not.
Look how many people still don't have firewalls or viral protection despite all the problems in this area. Helloooooo!
There is no question in my mind that far more individuals will be taking their machine and it's capabilities much more seriously today....than they did yesterday.
Hindsight is indeed 20-20.
As for my friends? Well, in this particular case maybe ignorance really is bliss. :)