FryUp: In the Slammer: Bored band

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So there I was writing last week's FryUp saying how there was no news and I almost wrote "I'm sure a virus will come charging along any time now to give me something to write about" and what happened? Slammer got up and boogied.

Well, it did and it didn't. The trick is, you see, so many New Zealand ISPs are onto this whole server-based filtering thing that the vast majority of viruses simply don't cause the hassles they once did. I'm going to have to find something else to write about this year I can tell.

Slammer was a bit different, as well, which also helped keep its impact low in New Zealand. It targeted a flaw in a version of Microsoft's SQL Server. If you weren't running SQL Server, or you'd already applied the patch, then it wasn't going to bother you beyond simply slowing down net traffic as it ran riot.

The good news is that in New Zealand it really didn't do that for very long, either. In Australia, by way of contrast, news reports say it quadrupled net traffic, bringing everything grinding to a halt and causing riots in the streets. In the US money machines were affected and even some Microsoft services were unavailable because someone in Redmond hadn't patched when they were supposed to. Whoopsie.

Still, it was exciting while it lasted. The beastie seems to have generated almost as much of a denial of service-like attack as it did hysterical copy. But then, as we've seen, it's been a tad quiet of late.

Prompt reaction prevented Slammer causing major harm - IDGNet

Microsoft slammed by its own vulnerability - PC World

Slammer's aftermath: Product hype - PC World

Slammer effect slight in NZ - IDGNet

Symantec: Net attacks down, but more sophisticated - IDGNet

- Bored band

I blame cartoons and music videos but, really, my attention span must be really shot.

It seems like we've been talking about broadband roll outs for ever. Can we just get on please?

This month we've had Counties Power tell us it's rolling out its network (more on that below), Telecom and BCL sign a deal to provide broadband to the rural regions, a broadband trial in South Waikato that exceeded expectations and a report from the Australian government that basically says "hey, broadband. Nice. We can make money off that."

Counties Power is one for the books. Its release, sent to New Zealand media this week, is word for word the same as one put out by its tech partner in the US in November.

Clearly it's something to do with New Zealand's position on the international dateline. Let's see, if it's 10am here and we're 16 hours ahead, then it must be... hang on... I'll get it... November in the US.

Still, the South Waikato roll-out looks like one to keep an eye on, if only for the price. Unlimited bandwidth (within reason) for $55 a month. Want a phone line as well? Just add $10 a month. That should stir things up, he says, looking at a JetStream bill for over $120 a month.

Counties Power finishes stage one of its fibre network rollout - IDGNet

Broadband demand exceeds expectations in South Waikato - IDGNet

Australia plays catch up with NZ on broadband - IDGNet

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