McAfee’s Virus Report Card – Grim

It’s been a busy six months for the virus-writing folk. McAfee says the first half of this year has seen more serious viruses than in the whole of last year (sorry, no URL available yet). A large part of this has been the war between the Bagle and Netsky authors, a war that has seen …

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Are The Worm Wars Over?

German police on Friday arrested two men: an 18-year old man in Rotenburg in connection with the Sasser worm, and a 21-year old who confessed to creating a bot called Agobot or Phatbot. A lot of folk believe the gang responsible for the Sasser worm may also be responsible for the Netsky worms, which have …

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Virus Writers As Spotty Juveniles Or Hardened Criminals? Take Your Pick

Was the recent virus war just between kids, or something more sinister?   Mi2g, the British Internet security consultants, reckon not. “Upon analysing the juvenile dialogue between the malware writers of NetSky, Bagle and MyDoom it has been prematurely concluded by a range of commentators that this is a turf war between teenagers or college students seeking global notoriety.  Whilst script …

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The Virus Turf War

More on who’s behind the latest wave of virus attacks. Mary Landesman of About.com looks at text strings contained in the viruses of Bagle (sometimes Bagel) and MyDoom to show how ”a battle is waging between three groups of virus writers, each attempting to prove superiority over the other.” It’s a very good piece. But it’s …

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Do Anti-Virus Companies Love Viruses?

Are anti-virus companies behind the viruses? Avecho, Britain’s ‘complete worry-free mail service’, reckons “the world needs to wake up to the fact that the anti-virus industry is not an anti-virus industry, it is a definition-selling industry and they just love these viruses. The more afraid you are, the more money you spend with them.” This …

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Who Is Behind Bagel, NetSky and MyDoom?

Who is behind this latest crop of viruses, and variants on viruses?   Mi2g, a London-based technology security company, reckon that MyDoom and Bagle ”is not the activity of hobbyists but organised criminals” and that Doomjuice.a, which carried the source code of MyDoom.a was “clearly written by the same perpetrators” with the motive of covering their tracks. …

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