Re: [ISN] Code Red the Dracula of worms?

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Date: Wed Aug 29 2001 - 05:23:03 PDT

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    Forwarded from: "Jay D. Dyson" <jdysonat_private>
    On Tue, 28 Aug 2001, InfoSec News wrote: 
    > A new permutation of the Code Red II worm was discovered on Friday, and
    > experts say that Code Red is now unlikely ever to disappear. 
    	I seem to recall the ill-informed saying the same thing about the
    Morris worm in the 1980s.  Anyone had that worm knocking on their ports
    > "This is pretty much noise level for Code Red II and CodeRed.d--it's not
    > going to get any better or worse and will stay like this forever,"  said
    > Thompson. "Those machines that have not yet been patched never will be,
    > meaning that the worm is here to stay." 
    	Anyone who uses words like "forever" and "never" in this volatile
    world of rapidly-changing technology only demonstrates how ill-informed
    they are.  The notion that systems that haven't been patched "never will
    be" is a presumption based more on frustration than fact.  And the notion
    of permanence of *any* technology or problem (beyond their mere generic
    existence of phenomena) demonstrates an incomprehensible lack of
    understanding not only of computer history, but history itself. 
    > According to Thompson, four to five new worms are created by accident
    > on the Internet every day
    	By *accident*?  I'd love to see examples of this.
    - -Jay
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