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WSAZ WEBSITE ATTACKED: Updates Temporarily Not Posted; On Air News Affected

By Tony Rutherford
Huntington, WV (HNN) – What info technology personnel called a “zero day attack” occurred Saturday, March 31, 2007, just prior to the 6 a.m. “Saturday News Channel 3 Sunrise.”
The computer virus impacted the station’s graphics, closed captioning and website. The 6 p.m. newscast ran 18 minutes, instead of the normal 30.
WSAZ’s problems related to a Microsoft vulnerability announced March 28 which, according to the station’s website, “allows an attacker to remotely run programs on some computers if the user accesses certain websites that contain malicious code.”
The attack has not been limited to WSAZ. Gray Television, Channel 3’s parent company, has caused “significant issues” at sister stations, too.
Wikipedia indicates that a “zero day attack” is “extremely dangerous” because it “takes advantage of computer security holes for which no solution is available.”
As a result, weather graphics, the forecast, school closings, news and sports stories are NOT currently being updated


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