Companies that applied an Outlook patch
target=NEW>released earlier this year by Microsoft Corp. href="/cwi/story/0,1199,NAV47_STO45672,00.html">(see story) would have been
protected against the mass-mailing capabilities of this latest virus, said Ryan
Russell, MIS manager at target=NEW>SecurityFocus.com, a San Mateo, Calif.-based company that operates an
informational Web site on security issues.. "People are getting smarter about dealing
with these kinds of [problems]," Russell said.
But what may also have helped mitigate the damage so far is that the Shockwave virus
appears to be relatively unsophisticated, Russell added. "There is nothing very clever
about this virus at all," he said. "It totally relies upon the user [to propagate
itself]." As long as users don't open suspicious attachments or ones that come from
unknown sources, the ability of the virus to cause damage will remain limited, he said.