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Nimda virus hits AMCAS

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by UCMonkey, Sep 20, 2001.

  1. UCMonkey

    UCMonkey Senior Member
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    Aug 26, 2001
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    As if we don't have enough problems, I got this from my pre-med advisor this morning:

    From AMCAS (9/19/01)

    Yesterday, we sent a message to the medical schools to alert them to
    internet Virus attack on the AAMC's IT infrastructure. The text of that
    message is below. The infrastructure team has been dealing aggressively
    with continued virus problems resulting from yesterday's attack. We
    evidently did not get all security holes patched or our patches were
    hacked. These are getting knocked out, but we are experiencing
    performance problems as a result. We will keep constituents posted on
    our progress in resolving all issues related to the virus attack.

    A new Code Red Worm variant (a self-replicating Internet virus that
    attacks Microsoft web servers) has spread widely onto AAMC's
    infrastructure - internally and at Exodus.


    We have tested the fix for the worm and will be implementing it today
    starting with our production infrastructure at Exodus. Implementation
    is beginning as I write this. We hope to have the external production
    servers "clean" by the end of the evening and returned to full
    operation. Internal web servers will take longer to "clean" and at
    least one (INET430 - internal Cold Fusion development) has been damaged
    sufficiently that it will have to reinstalled.


    The load and performance of Web application servers (running Microsoft
    IIS and Cold Fusion) will be very poor. Some constituents will lose
    their connections to these servers as we take them down to clean the
    worm and block its reestablishment. AMCAS (including DTU), CurrMIT,
    Find-a-Resident, NRMP, Cybercash and various survey software
    applications will be adversely affected.

    Other Information:

    See http://www.incidents.org/

    From AMCAS (9/19/01)

    The battle with the red worm internet virus continues.....


    AAMC's offsite production NT web servers(hosted at Exodus) have been
    shutdown to prevent them from attacking other sites on the Internet. We
    have received complaints from other organizations of our sites attacking
    their sites..creating potential legal liability for the Association.
    Our attempts to clean the Nimda Worm have met with limited success.


    AMCAS, CurrMIT, Find-a-Resident, NRMP, Epayment and various survey
    software applications will be unavailable to constituents during this

    The main AAMC web site is unaffected by this Worm and will include
    messages to constituents regarding our condition. In addition,
    constituents that access the above applications directly should receive
    systems unavailability messages that briefly explain our situation.

    Other Information:

    We are working non-stop on implementing software that will actively
    protect our NT servers from this Worm and prevent them from attacking
    other sites. The full solution will, likely, require reinstalling NT
    and all software on all servers in production in Exodus (as well as many
    NT systems here).
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  2. Barin

    Barin Member
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    Jun 27, 2001
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    Of course it hits first such lamerzzz as AMCAS. But for us it means further delays.
    I'd love to talk to their internet dept supervisor. (It is probably 98-years old disabled lady, I'd say...). So frustrating :(
  3. Rumit

    Rumit Senior Member
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    Sep 17, 2001
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    Hmm, the AMCAS site was down for "routine system repairs" or something yesterday for a few hours. I wonder if that has anything to do with it. Wouldn't it be classic if they just lost all of our applications? I wouldn't put it past them at this point.

  4. jmejia1

    jmejia1 Senior Member
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    Apr 20, 2001
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    If amazon.com, yahoo.com, hotmail.com and all other essential and successful internet companies were run by the AMCAS Programmers, they wouldn't exist: such companies would've been taken over by companies with competent programmers.

    Sure, blame in on hackers AMCAS! Fess up to your shortcommings!
  5. jbfuq

    jbfuq Member
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    Jul 2, 2001
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    We have tested the fix for the worm and will be implementing it today.

    sure, just like they tested amcas before going live online, right?????

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