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ESR: The Final Virus: A Science-Fiction Story

Jul 13, 2004, 23:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric S. Raymond)

"Special to TechNewsNet, July 2005 -- Millions of Microsoft users woke up to a new and deadlier Blue Screen of Death this morning. It said 'This is the Final Virus. For spam to end, Windows must die!'. Rebooting got them nowhere, because their hard drives had been formatted. All their data was destroyed.

"A bulletin from CERT, the Computer Emergency Readiness Team chartered by the U.S. government, advised all Windows users to take their machines off the Internet immediately. 'Final is polymorphic, so normal virus scanners don't spot it. Final spreads via infected Web pages, UPnP, the Microsoft Upgrade Channel, the Microsoft Messenger service, and possibly other routes,' says the bulletin. Final seems to be written to do IP port scans and infect a fixed number of other machines before destroying its host. Infection reports have been rising exponentially since Final was first reported four days ago..."

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