Tick here. I received this email about fifteen minutes ago, and it seems the concern is genuine, so up it goes.

—–Original Message—–

From: Smedley, John

Sent: Sunday, August 05, 2001 5:15 PM

To: ‘’

Subject: Read please

I don’t often ask for places like Lum to make “Public Service” advisories, but I’d sure appreciate it if you guys would post this:

We have become aware that the Code Red Virus is hitting the @home network particularly hard right now. Although this has nothing specifically to do with EverQuest, @home users may experience some potential network problems that could cause some degradation of their network performance. Once the Code Red virus infects a machine, it attempts to infect other machines. Users that have firewall logs may see random IP addresses attempting to access port 80 (which is the HTTP Port). This is the Code Red virus attempting to spread itself. We thought it would be a good idea to let people know about this.

People really should check out their firewalls, particularly if they are on @home. It’s pretty serious and getting worse literally by the hour.

John Smedley

Chief Operating Officer

Sony Online Entertainment

Here’s to hoping someone can whip out some good ol’ networking JUSTICE on Code Red.