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In the early 2000s, it seemed that many companies were hit with a rash of virus attacks on their networks. Certainly the SQL Slammer worm affected many of us, and it was a memorable week for me. I returned from vacation to get a call late on Sunday night informing me of issues. I spent a long work working with network people and Microsoft to rid our (shut down) network of the worm, a difficult process with a wide deployment of MSDE instances installed in non-standard locations.

Not long after this, we had another virus invade our network and shut down systems. This was due to a high level manager clicking on an attachment in email, which spread issues to (far too) many others inside the company. Another long night for me patching and cleaning systems, and one where I questioned how someone could be fooled.

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