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    Article about a new worm afftecting computers to combat the Blaster worm....

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...2003Aug18.html

    "The new worm scours the Internet for computers already infected with Blaster and deletes the "bad" worm, according to two anti-virus software vendors. The worm then fixes the computers with one of eight software patches developed by Microsoft Corp, and it uses infected computers as a base for searching the Internet for other vulnerable systems. Blaster and the new worm both target vulnerabilities in recent versions of Windows XP, Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0.

    Even though the new worm is "good," it can cause plenty of trouble for computer users, said Oliver Friedrichs, senior manager at Symantec Security Response, an Internet security company based in Cupertino, Calif.

    Once it infects a computer, it is programmed to remain there until Jan. 1, 2004, all the while scanning the Internet for other computers to infect. That activity saps an infected computer's processing power and Internet connection speed, Friedrichs said."

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    Did they forget that it would be illegal for them to do this? Duh on Microsoft!

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    Be nice if Microsoft would develop a adware worm that destroyed all the BHO's hijacking their IE browser.

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    It would be very nice.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Heyder:
    Did they forget that it would be illegal for them to do this? Duh on Microsoft!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I don't think M$ did it, even though it uses patches developed by them. It seems more likely to me that a hacker (who doesn't like the first hacker) just used the M$ patches because they're convenient...

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    I would tend to agree with the theory Leader has on this one. MicroCrap lawyers would never allow them to do something like this so blatantly illegal.

    There are several ways for them to plant what ever they want and not so easily discovered.

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    This is fantastic I think. Not for antvirus software vendors, but why not use repairworms like repairroboters? I think that MS should develop such a worm itself for their lousy software.

    Carneol

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    Because it is illegal carneol.

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    The downside is that this is a VERY aggresive worm and much more efficient than MSBlast. At the moment, I'm getting two Nachi probes (the new worm) to every one MSBlast probe (the old one).

    If you check your firewall logs you'll see a HUGE amount of ping requests. Every infected PC will send this out for the next 4.5 months. Then there's the problem with firewalls doing reverse DNS lookups on the suspected intruders and hammering ISP's DNS servers.

    It's buggy.. it needed to have a shorter lifespan and have the infection or scanning rate throttled back more.

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