“Storm” Worm Spreads Rapidly Worldwide

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It’s been several years we’ve had a serious virus or worm outbreak, and the “Storm” worm is already spreading worldwide with the speed that we saw back in 2003 from worms like “Blaster” and “Funlove.” Disguised as a typical email attachment (and proving that we haven’t quite learned all the lessons about safe downloading that we should have learned back then) the “Storm” worm arrives in your inbox with subject lines like “230 Dead as storm batters Europe,” or “U.S. Secretary of Sate Condoleeza Rice has kicked German Chancellor,” and have attachments with names like “Full Video.exe” and “Full Story.exe.”

So far reports say that the worm has infected over 300,000 PCs worldwide, the most in an attack since 2005, and while the worm isn’t really a “worm,” that is, it doesn’t infect a machine and immediately begin emailing itself to other people, it’s managed to infect so many computers because the virus writers are using bot nets to spam people with copies of the virus in large volumes.

[ PC World: “Storm” Worm Spreads Rapidly Worldwide ]

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