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Expert Computer Consulting - 184 Eaglecrest Drive, Matthews, NC 28104  (704) 882-7551
October 3, 2001
 
Dear sir or ma'am;
 
This is not a joke, or an alarmist opinion.  Over 8 million computers are vulnerable right now to a second wave attack and the consequences are potentially dire.  For the first time in my life, I tried to call the White House and then the FBI, but the distinct impression I got was summed up with "Thanks for the Call."
 
It is my sincere hope that one of you will pay attention and take some action.
 
In the past few weeks, I have seen more nasty viruses than in any period I can recall. Hybris, Magistr, SirCam, and Nimda are but a few of them and the vast majority of computers are not protected, at all.
 
As of last night, 25% of the computers scanned by McAfee were infected with the Nimda virus, which first appeared on September 18!  It is a wicked little devil that resends itself to everyone in the computer's address book, infects every system on the local network, and even inserts itself into the company's homepage, if it can.  The cost of the bad PR alone, due to the infection of every website visitor's system could be staggering.
 
Unless the antiviral data files have been updated within the past week, the computer is not protected.  Virus software compares files that are opened or executed against a database of "signatures".  With three new viruses every day, systems that have old virus definition files might as well not even be running the software; it will not recognize or stop the new viruses and creates a false sense of security.
 
One fourth of our computers are already infected with Nimda.  The virus itself seems to do little except spread at an alarming rate.  It does; however, open the door for a follow-up by creating "shares" to all available drives with no password which will allow a second wave to do anything.  Erasing everything, locating and sending secure data and passwords, bank and credit card info,  or eCommerce ordering, are but a few of the possibilities.
 
Most larger businesses are probably protected, but the five million small businesses and sixty eight million home users are at serious risk.
 
Info on the Nimda virus can be found clicking this link to Mcafee's Antivirus Information Site.
 
We need to move fast, before the next virus comes through those holes.
 
I believe that we must have a major publicity campaign to educate the computer user's of the danger and, more importantly, how to check for and perform regular antiviral updates.  If we don't, then I am afraid a truly destructive attack will be outrageously successful.
 
If I can be of any assistance in this matter, or should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
 
Sincerely,
 
Davis M McCarn
184 Eaglecrest Drive
Matthews, NC 28104
(704) 882-7550
davism@ix.netcom.com
www.ExpertComputerConsulting.com