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Delivering the 12kb Bomb

by Marianna Schmudlach / March 19, 2004 8:43 AM PST

By Kelly Martin, SecurityFocus
Posted: 17/03/2004 at 17:18 GMT

The average size of email-bourne viruses so far this year has been well under 20 kilobytes. A young virus writer, sitting in his underwear in his parent's dark basement, takes a hex editor and modifies a few bytes of the latest Netsky.M (16.5kb), Beagle.J (12kb) or Mydoom.G (20kb) mutation, spawns a new virus variant, and then releases it into the wild. The resulting few thousand compromised machines, a conservative estimate perhaps, will sit naked as drones or "bots" on the Internet, waiting patiently for their summons and commands.

Read more: http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/55/36345.html

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