Virus Blame Passed to Users
We've come almost full circle in the never-ending battle against computer virusesWeve come almost full circle in the never-ending battle against computer viruses. A year ago we oudly blamed Microsoft for the Swiss cheese architecture of its Outlook e-mail clients exploitation by the ILoveYou virus. Then we switched to blaming the IT administrators for improperly filtering attachments and setting up clients so they could not execute certain worm code, such as VB scripting. Now the buck is being passed again, this time to the users themselves. The latest tack from IT managers is to treat users who open attachments the way Seinfelds Soup Nazi reacted to impolite patrons: "No e-mail for you!"
This appears to be the last resort among administrators fed up with users who have been duped once again by a VBScript virus. While there is still plenty of blame to go around, including toward Microsoft and corporate administrators, its now time for the end users to take some responsibility.