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Next 'Slammer' could be worse

As cleanup of the MS-SQL Slammer worm continued last week, talk among security experts centered on two facets of the attack that might portend greater trouble: the remarkable speed with which Slammer spread, and the idea that future versions might carry a nefarious payload. Experts fear future variations could wipe out files or worse. “It could delete [a] whole database,” says Ed Skoudis, vice president of security strategy at consultancy Predictive Systems. Extending Slammer’s destructiveness would require skill, but chances of that happening are growing since hacker groups and legitimate security firms have posted an analysis of the machine code after reverse-engineering it. Full Story

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