2004 to be year of the 'superworm'
Virus writers create secret P2P virus network. 2004 will be characterised by a dramatic rise in malicious hacking, the birth of ‘superworms’, and the creation of sinister underground peer-to-peer (P2P) virus creation networks, a security company has predicted. The pessimistic forecast from Clearswift is based on analysis of last year’s SoBig project, which, according to the email security firm, marked the emergence of long-term malware projects involving multi-stage coordinated attacks using spam, worms, Trojans, spyware and proxies. The groups behind these projects have now established a network of broadband home PCs which can be used covertly as an anonymous platform for criminal activity. Full Story