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Bugwatch: Son of Slammer on the cards

This week Tim Ecott, managing consultant of Integralis, warns of the danger of a return of SQL Slammer, the fastest propagating worm on the internet to date. Slammer was one of those virus events we would be happy never to see again. But the chances are we will. Just as recently we’ve seen new variants of Bugbear and SoBig malware, so too will we see Slammer variants and new outbreaks. The SQL Slammer (or Sapphire) worm of January 2003 was by far the fastest propagating worm the internet has experienced. As it began spreading, the infected population of systems doubled in number every few seconds. The worm achieved its full scanning rate (over 55 million scans per second) in approximately three minutes, after which its rate of growth slowed down – because significant portions of the internet did not have enough bandwidth to allow it to operate unhindered. Full Story

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