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Badzilla    0

I was just wondering if anyone had a suggestion for which particular virus, trojan, worm, or DOS incident i should discuss for a school project? Ideally ones which had a high technical and/or social consequence.

Thanks!

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Starbuck84    34

Maybe the Blaster.Worm? The 'programmer' who wrote it was later hired I thought. But he sure caused a lot of trouble. I was working at a local PC repair shop for the extra cash, and we had to fix a load of these machines infected by this worm. Of course there could be others which you can write about, but this is the one that pops up for me. :)

Link to what it caused: http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-28452-w...n-in-60-seconds

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goretsky    1,120

Hello,

A few thoughts, in no particular mostly-chronological order:

  • The Elk Cloner virus for the Apple II. A bit obscure, but likely the first microcomputer virus that exhibited all the characteristics of modern computer viruses/
  • The Pakistani Brain virus, a floppy diskette infector from the late 1980s spread around the world, usually at the speed floppy diskettes could be mailed. *grin*
  • The Michelangelo floppy disk boot sector/hard disk MBR virus? Received much media attention in 1991.
  • The CIH virus from Taiwan corrupted motherboards by improperly flashing their BIOSes in 1998. A very rare example of hardware damaged by software.
  • Concept, Melissa, ILoveYou and other self-replicating mass-mailling worms/viruses/Trojans (take your pick) from the mid-to-late 1990s that used scripting languages embedded in applications such as Microsoft Office or the operating system to spread.
  • Code Red, Klez, MyDoom, Nachi, Nimda, Sober, Sobig, Witty or any of the other fast-spreading worms which slowed down the Internet to varying degrees in the first half of this decade.
  • Storm, Stration, Vundo, Zlob, Zotob and other malware leading to the rise of the botnets.
  • VB.NEI, also called MyWife and Blackmal, which received a bit of press attention because it deleted files on a certain date (very old school behavior for malware)
  • Mebroot and Rustock, malware that used rootkits to maintain a presence on infected computers, from the past year or so.
  • Conficker, which is currently going strong.

I am less familiar with DoS incidents, but I am thinking recent events in Estonia and Georgia (the former Soviet republic, not the American state) might be interesting topics to pursue.

Good luck with your school project!

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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Ash    41
Maybe the Blaster.Worm? The 'programmer' who wrote it was later hired I thought. But he sure caused a lot of trouble. I was working at a local PC repair shop for the extra cash, and we had to fix a load of these machines infected by this worm. Of course there could be others which you can write about, but this is the one that pops up for me. :)

Link to what it caused: http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-28452-w...n-in-60-seconds

Ya Blaster is a good subject. It was a pain in the butt. I kept getting hit with it. I couldn't even last long enough to get to the page and download the patch. I had to download and burn the patch at school in order to be able to install it quickly enough!

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