I'm not sure how people could still be suffering from 'Slammer'. All you have to do is reboot and patch, maybe block a couple of ports. That's a pretty simple response plan. But according to this piece, several sites and networks are STILL DOWN! Also in the article are some snippets referencing one of the more intriguing aspects of this entire incident - the downed Bank of America ATM network. That shouldn't have happened - but evidently there's some overlap between the private financial networks and the Internet.
American Express Co. confirmed that customers couldn't reach its Web site to check credit statements and account balances during parts of the weekend. Perhaps most surprising, the attack prevented many customers of Bank of America Corp., one of the largest U.S. banks, and some large Canadian banks from withdrawing money from automatic teller machines Saturday.
Cybercrime on the rise
Interesting read from the NYTimes on the growth of white-collar computer crime. Several good examples toward the end of the article.
Thieves are not just diverting cash from company bank accounts, these experts say. They are pilfering valuable information like business development strategies, new product specifications or contract bidding plans and selling the data to competitors.