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Re: Blackworm hunbers
From: Simon Waters <simonw () zynet net>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2006 09:53:12 +0000
On Wednesday 25 Jan 2006 22:31, Fergie wrote:
"Of course, its possible that this URL has gotten out to
the public, which would increase the count (simply hitting
the website increments the count by one). However, to my
knowledge, this URL is only known in the security community.
The SANS diary suggests that the requests from the worm itself are quite
distinctive, so it should be possible to spot idle curiousity, search bots,
and other interested parties from the worm itself.
Of course it may be that the monitoring of the traffic isn't subtle enough to
distinguish between these two types of traffic.
Occurs to me that 700,000 Windows reinstalls in a day is probably about
average given market share, and reliability of the OS, so 700,000 thousand
extra is probably just a busy day. Might be a peak in demand for Windows
The talk of antivirus tools are misplaced, the correct tool to deal with
something like this is a good back-up, but for too long people have sold PCs
for end users without any backup service at all.
My home desktop has a tape backup unit (and RAID 1). I just wish I could be so
confident about every desktop we use at work.
As Bill Hassell signature said....
"There are two types of computer users in the
world...those that have lost data, and those
that are going to." (blh, circa 1972)