The Kama Sutra worm, like so many other virus scares, reminds us and other bloggers of the Y2K mania, albeit on a smaller scale.
The media and others have a responsibility to spread the word about potential damage from such bugs. But when nothing major comes of them, they get blamed for overhyping the situations--or at worst--doing so because they are in cahoots with vendors hired to fix the problems.
So far Kama Sutra (aka Nyxem.E, My Wife and Blackworm), designed to begin deleting files on infected computers this morning, has caused virtually no damage, according to antivirus firms. Is that because businesses and consumers heeded warnings and took steps to ensure they were protected against the pest? Or was it just not as widespread as was expected? Was it much ado about nothing? Here's some response from the blogosphere:
Blog community response:
"The Kama Sutra virus we've been warned about as much as the Y2K bug has so far failed to bring about the end of the world as predicted in Revelations...The seventh seal remains unbroken."
"Maybe it was a all a big bluff, a hoax to get people worried. Maybe it was a way for IT folks to post some extra overtime. Maybe it was the anti-virus people looking to boost first-quarter sales. Personally, I think computer users have finally caught on to the stark reality that there's no such thing as free porn."
"It was all hype after all. Kama Sutra worm which created a stir earlier failed to deal serious damage. I smell a ploy to increase sales. How else can these anti-virus vendors going sell their wares if there is no immediate threat?"
"Consider that perhaps the reason these threats resulted in little damage was because the media reacted. When they shouted about how much danger we were all in, maybe that just got everyone off their butts to take the proper precautions. This virus caused little damage because everyone patched."
-- Drew B on CNET News.com's Talkback