Wednesday, 17 August 2005

The Zotob worm

Scary stuff....

InformationWeek : "...rather than attack as a network worm that requires no user interaction, it's a mass-mailed piece of malware posing as an image file attached to an e-mail message. Zotob.c uses such subject headings as 'Warning!' or 'Important' to get the naive to view the message and open the file attachment."

I wasn't too impressed with Microsoft's page about the worm, they just said it installs 'malicious software' and spreads (see here. Just what is malicious? Pop-up messages asking me to buy pills, changing my windows background to the weight-lifter picture or formatting my hard-disc? A little more information would be nice.

CNN just says 'Symptoms include the repeated shutdown and rebooting of a computer.'

I wonder how long it will be before some idiot make a virus like this which is deadly to PCs running windows -that really does format your disc or flash your BIOS with garbage after infecting as many PCs as possible.

A patch isn't much consolation after you've lost all the files on your HD or had your BIOS flashed. How about a little prevention rather than retro-active patching eh, Bill?

(found via Slashdot).