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Slammer: The first 'Warhol' worm?

A study has found that Slammer hit most of its victims within 10 minutes, setting a new milestone in worm evolution. Last week’s Sapphire worm, widely known as SQL Slammer, infected more than 90 percent of vulnerable computers within 10 minutes, opening a new era of fast-spreading viruses on the Internet, according to a US think tank. The findings come from the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), a US body largely funded by government agencies such as the National Science Foundation, and devoted to developing tools and standards for measuring Internet traffic. According to a CAIDA report issued late last week, the worm doubled in size every 8.5 seconds when it first appeared, and reached the full rate at which it was scanning for vulnerable computers — a rate of more than 55 million scans per second — after about three minutes. Full Story

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