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The Folly of Publishing the Slammer Code

If even one business or home PC is inconvenienced (or worse) by an amateur hacker inspired by the Wired article, then the magazine’s PR stunt will have seriously backfired. The Slammer worm, also known as the SQL Slammer, was one of the most ferocious virus attacks the Internet has ever seen. And if you want to find the underlying code for this nasty little worm, you need only pick up the latest issue of Wired magazine. Yes, it’s true. In its July issue, the magazine not only provides coverage of the attack, but also the code itself. Unusual, huh? Not many publications actually publish virus code — for good reason. The article might be good for Wired, selling a few more issues, but that’s the only entity it’s good for. After all the magazine’s philosophical justifications, the high-minded statements about how this will be good for security — and yes, Wired is making that point — actually printing the code is a bad idea. The last thing Windows users need is that more would-be hackers become inspired to spread havoc. Full Story

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