Editor's Comments:

now why would a bank run microsoft SQL ? and ifso, why would they not patch it for 6 months ..?

or why would they move their ATM traffic over IP networks ...?

list of banks that xperienced problems due to the latest worm so far i see:

Royal Bank of Canada, Bank of Montreal and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce all reported virus-related glitches on Saturday. RBC's telephone and on-line banking systems were down for hours, and some CIBC and BMO cash machines worked sluggishly or not at all. Toronto-Dominion Bank also had problems but gave no details. Bank of Nova Scotia said its systems were unaffected.

[*The Globe and Mail*, 26 Jan 2003]


The spread of the worm was so severe that the majority of Bank of America's 13,000 automatic teller machines "were unable to process customer transactions", according to *The Washington Post* -- which quotes the bank saying it was able to restore services on Saturday evening but a Seattle-based Reg reader tells us he was "unable to make a deposit to my Bank of America Account on Sunday at about noon Pacific time".

[*The Washington Post* article is not explicit about why the worm disrupted the ATM network. Whether the ATMs are attached to the Internet or whether the BoA server used by the ATM was infected, this does not sound very comforting.]

ATMs, ISPs hit by Slammer worm spread, by John Leyden, 27 Jan 2003 http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/6/29054.html http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43267-2003Jan25.html

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