Virus writers face off

It seems that a virus author’s worst nightmare isn’t getting caught by law enforcement after all, but rather being upstaged by other virus writers.

While individuals and companies are reeling from a series of serious viruses that have clogged e-mail accounts, slowed services, and even resulted in denial of service attacks, the evidence is mounting that the virus writers are engaging in their own private feud over who can do the most damage.

The press has already dubbed this reckless phenomenon the "war of the worms".

The three main viruses embroiled in his battle are newcomers Netsky and Bagle, and the veteran MyDoom, which at its zenith in January was the fastest spreading and most infectious virus of all time. I’m still getting the e-mails from MyDoom and MyDoom derivatives – that sucker just won’t die.

The whole quarrel supposedly began when Bagle’s creator became jealous when Netsky stole his media limelight. The verbal jabs in this battle are variations of the virus that contain messages inside them that attack their opponents. Now there are nine known versions of Bagle, six known versions of Netsky and about seven known versions of MyDoom making the rounds.

Here’s a sample of the battle for hearts and minds between the virus authors:

Bagle.J says "Hey, NetSky, F– off you bitch, don’t ruine our business, wanna start a war?"

Bagle.K added "Hey, NetSky, F– off you bitch!"

To which Netsky.F responded "Skynet AntiVirus — Bagle — you are a looser!!!"

Netsky.D said "be aware!…"

And Netsky.C said "we are the skynet — you can’t hide yourself! — we kill malware … MyDoom.F is a thief of our idea! … SkyNet AV vs. Malware"

MyDoom, dragged into the battle, replied "to netsky’s creator(s): imho, skynet is a decentralized peer-to-peer neural network. We have seen P2P in Slapper in Sinit only. .they may be called skynets, but not your S–ty app."

One variant after another of these devastating worm viruses in coming down the pike, each claiming thousands of innocent bystanders who were dumb enough to help them spread by opening the wrong e-mail attachments.

At least we’re learning something important about the virus writers out there – all of them appear to have dropped out of Grade 10 English.

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