Tag Archives: Mydoom

Do Anti-Virus Companies Love Viruses?

By | March 3, 2004

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 problem is solvable,… Read More »

Who Is Behind Bagel, NetSky and MyDoom?

By | March 3, 2004

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.   That said,… Read More »

Is Zip The Way To Thwart Viruses?

By | February 23, 2004

I like this idea from a Slashdot poster: Eliminate most viruses by zipping everything. It works (I think) like this: Most viruses arrive as an attachment to an email. These are called executables in that if you click on them, something happens. (As opposed to a file attachment such as a Word document, or a web page, which… Read More »

An Apology, And Some More Ways Out Of Spam and Viruses

By | February 6, 2004

Just got an angry email from the folk at 0Spam.Net, who I mentioned in an earlier post as one of the companies somewhat, er, quick to congratulate itself in the wave for avoiding the worst of MyDoom. Bill Franklin, 0Spam.Net president, writes that “Whether our product works or not and its value to your readers seems to not… Read More »

Homeland Virus Alerts – What Happened?

By | February 4, 2004

The big anti-virus vendors often stand accused (rightly) of exaggerating the danger and impact of viruses; Not surprising they do that, they make money out of protecting people from viruses. But why would the U.S. government do it? Here’s a great piece by Mary Landesman of about.com complaining about US CERT, a newly formed partnership between the U.S. Department of… Read More »