Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Feb 2006 22:41 UTC
Bugs & Viruses Security watchers say the Kama Sutra worm, which is programmed to overwrite files on infected Windows PCs today, will have a damaging but not catastrophic effect. The Kama Sutra worm (or Nyxem-E or Blackworm) poses as an email message offering a variety of salacious content. Subject lines used in the malicious emails include: The Best Videoclip Ever, Fw: SeX.mpg, Miss Lebanon 2006 and Fuckin Kama Sutra pics. The worm, which can also spread across network shares, only affects Windows PCs.
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Destructive junk
by Alwin on Sat 4th Feb 2006 00:36 UTC
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About maximum effect for a virus, worm, etc:

Anything that puts a carbon-based unit in the loop (e-mail based, phishing scams and so on) just won't cut it. Humans don't continuously read their e-mail, surf the web, or chat. They do that with intervals. That automatically limits how fast it can spread, and gives others (software vendors, AV companies, sysadmins) time to take action.

So IMO the most fast-spreading and/or destructive threats simply MUST be things that don't need human interaction to spread. Only then you have (in theory) the potential to infect every machine hooked up to the net, within hours.

Kind of sad that most malware isn't destructive, and only wants your CPU cycles or bandwidth. Imagine what a super-destructive and fast spreading worm could do: kill off all those zombies and unpatched systems. That would do wonders for spam levels, AND promote more secure systems like Linux, MacOSX or *BSD.

I for one, would welcome a worm that knows many ways to get in, spreads like crazy, and wipes clean the harddisk of any vulnerable machine it finds. Even while I couldn't be 100% sure to be among the 'survivors' =8-[

Learning the hard way is one way to teach those countless, clueless dummies that (possibly without even knowing) make online life less fun for others.

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