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August 20, 2003

Snail Email

I've sent the cicada pic below out to three or four homopteran email addresses Google supplied me with, not that they are going anywhere. UNC's mail system has been crippled for over a day now, as has at least part of the Road Runner network in NC.

The mail servers aren't infected, but the thousands of virus-spawned email attachments have totally clogged both systems. Almost no one here is able to send email, and what does come in from outside the network arrives in dribs and drabs. The email I do get is more often than not infected. The last 17 emails I got at the bigwig nc.rr.com account were sent by sobig, including one that looked like it came from michele's rhzine account, though she is presumably uninfected.

The situation doesn't seem likely that it will get better anytime soon, either. Rumor has it that the waiting time in the virus removal queue at Desktop support is measured in days now, and the bulk of the students have yet to return.

A couple of commentors have wondered why UNC hasn't just run a script that updates the virus protection for all the student machines on bootup. Short answer, because we don't run Active Directory on student laptops, which is what it would take to run update scripts on each machine. There's just too many of them; someone decided a while back that administering an Active Directory setup with 30,000+ entries would be a nightmare.

Given the current network difficulties, that decision might be revisited, but it's not like there's going to be money in the budget for it any time soon.

Update: Email is down at NC State as well, according to the entymology prof I just spoke to, and I know of at least one email account at SpamCop.net that has gotten nearly 1000 virus laden emails in the last 24 hours.

Posted by Bigwig at August 20, 2003 12:29 PM | TrackBack
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Kim and I have received about 400 in the last 24 hours. It stopped for a while this morning, but I had about 150 in my quarantined folder when I last checked.

Posted by: Mrs. du Toit at August 20, 2003 04:01 PM
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