Windows of mass destruction
Jul 10, 2009, 19:04 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)
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"Tens of thousands of Windows PCs have been taken over
by an unknown botnet master. He or she is using an updated version
of the ancient MyDoom Windows worm to make the attacks.
"Let me put this in context. MyDoom dates from January 2004.
It's pre-historic by malware standards.
"MyDoom, unlike most malware, such as Conficker was never meant
to steal your credit-card numbers and the like. No, MyDoom, from
its start as a DDoS attack dog aimed at SCO, was designed to wreck
Web sites and, after it had done its work, blast your hard drive
into randomized 1s and 0s."