Reminder: Shut Down Non-Essential Computers before Leaving for the Holidays
Lab computers are targeted more frequently over holidays than at any other time. Please shut down your computer unless it is absolutely necessary that it stay running. If you must keep it running, be sure to update the security patches so that it does not fall prey to attacks. If you think your system has been attacked, contact the Computer Protection Program. Those with computer security-related emergencies can call x7770.
Monthly Virus Update
In November, the Lab’s Virus Wall found and deleted 82,608 incoming worms and viruses before they could infect Berkeley Lab computers. This is the highest monthly total for 2005. For the year to date through November, the total number of viruses deleted totaled 593,458.
The Lab’s Computer Protection Program tracks viruses and provides descriptions of them on its Web site.