NEWS FROM THE LAB - Thursday, January 5, 2006

The Exact Activation Time for Sober Posted by Mikko @ 11:27 GMT

We've received some questions on when exactly does the Sober activation on January 6th happen.

After all, it already is past the midnight in Auckland! But the Sober date check is not using local time.

The Sober download phase starts globally at the same time: at midnight UTC (aka GMT). All infected machines regularly connect to several NTP servers and synchronize themselves using the "time" protocol.

We don't think much will happen. But if anything happens, it will start happening after midnight in UK, 4pm in San Francisco, 7pm in New York, 2am in Finland and 9am in Tokyo.

Watching the watch