The Price of Worms

How damaging are worms? Very, says Sandvine Inc, a Canada based Internet security company. It says that the main damage is on ISPs who lose bandwidth to them, and face daily Denial of Service attacks. “In fact,” Sandvine says in one new report (PDF, registration required), ”Internet worms and the malicious, malformed data traffic they generate …

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The Lingering Damage Of Worms

Worms cause a lot of problems, long after we’ve forgotten about them. Sandvine Incorporated, a network hardware provider, says that worm attacks are hitting internet service provider networks, “degrading the broadband experience for home Internet users and imposing anywhere from thousands to millions (of dollars) in unplanned network and customer support costs directly related to …

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I’m Not Saying Worms Are A Good Idea But…

 One small consolation of worms like Sobig is that you end up having a large number of inadvertent penpals. It’s like a huge chainletter. Sobig ransacks address books and fires off emails to all and sundry, along with the worm (which then does lots of damage, I’m not contesting).   While I don’t condone the …

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I’m Not Saying Worms Are A Good Idea But…

 One small consolation of worms like Sobig is that you end up having a large number of inadvertent penpals. It’s like a huge chainletter. Sobig ransacks address books and fires off emails to all and sundry, along with the worm (which then does lots of damage, I’m not contesting).   While I don’t condone the …

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Update: Blaster Graph

 Network Associates say that over 1.2 million systems have been affected from the Lovsan/Blaster threat, also know as W32/Lovsan.worm which is continuing to spread at a steady rate and is infecting over 30,000 systems per hour during peak times. A detailed graph of the worm’s progress can be found in http://www.hackerwatch.org/checkup/graph.asp.

News: Klez Is Still So Big

 Viruses, worms, whatever, don’t have to be new to be a pain. Bill Fallon, Vice President of Product Marketing at EasyLink Services Corporation, the company that offers and operates MailWatch (“a leading Spam-blocking, virus-scanning and content-filtering service protecting corporate networks worldwide!”) : “The Klez worm, which debuted back in October 2001, continues to be the …

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News: It’s Monday, the Worms Are Out

 Sophos, a British anti-virus company, is getting worried about the new Mimail worm (W32/Mimail-A), a mass-mailing worm which first struck in the United States on Friday 1st August.  Sophos says it “has received many reports of Mimail infections and anticipates the worm could be one of the biggest of 2003″.     The Mimail worm …

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