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January 27, 2004

MyDoom

Wow.

The recently-discovered MyDoom worm is spreading like wildfire. One firm estimates it accounts for 1 in 12 emails at this point in time.

In my experience this morning, it accounts for far more. My university account had ten new messages this morning, all of which were generated by MyDoom. My ISP account had 20 messages in the inbox (mailing lists are automatically sorted out to a different folder), 16 of which were MyDoom.

In the words of Kent Brockman, "I, for one, welcome our new MyDoom, Novarg, Shimgapi, Shimg, or Mimail overlords." Maybe they'll leave me alone if they think I've given in.

Speculation is already running rampant as to the source of the malware. One poster on the popular "news" site Slashdot suggests SCO developed it. SCO, you see, is trying to sue the pants of companies using and selling Linux on the dubious claim they own large parts of the code. The company in the past has used DOS attacks in court as excuses, and MyDoom is conveniently set to launch a DDOS attack against SCO around the date they should be heading back to court. It's a nice conspiracy theory, and many people watching the goings-on wouldn't put such a move past Darl and his hemorrhaging and irrelevant corporation.

Now if this thing would just go away and let us get on with life, I'd be happy. There are only so many incorrect "You sent a virus through our mail server!" emails you can handle before you want to find some large rocks and make them meet a whole lot of thick skulls.

Virus scanner companies, this is your charge: update your SMTP-integrating products. Add to your virus definitions a flag for "forges e-mail addresses." Make your customers' servers stop sending false messages to people who had nothing to do with the distribution of the virus. I'm sick of it, and it only serves to confuse the hell out of the average home computer user, who then spends hours scanning their system for viruses only to find there's nothing detected (and usually then panics, thinking the evil virus must already have infiltrated their system so deeply that it can no longer be detected).

Posted by Colin at January 27, 2004 12:30 PM

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