RealNews

Commentary; As the Worm Turns in the Cyber World

Computer virus writers deserve a good double-click in the seat of the pants. Recent days have been the worst ever for people protecting against digital nasties. Never before has the world seen such a barrage of viruses attacking home and business computers alike. It started with the Blaster worm, breaking into computers if they connected to the Internet without having a “patch” correcting a critical hole in Microsoft’s Windows code. Blaster caused computers to grind to a halt by forcing Windows XP to reboot computers every few minutes, making work impossible. Around Aug. 12, Blaster began spreading rapidly because so many people thought you could get a virus only via e-mail and had not downloaded the patch from Microsoft. One inventive author even wrote an anti-Blaster worm called Nachi, which attempted to clean up infections of the earlier worm and put Microsoft’s patch in place. However, it only ended up causing more disruption to networks as it ran without the permission of users. “Good” viruses are always a bad idea. Full Story

OODA Analyst

OODA Analyst

OODA is comprised of a unique team of international experts capable of providing advanced intelligence and analysis, strategy and planning support, risk and threat management, training, decision support, crisis response, and security services to global corporations and governments.