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Friday, 11 February, marks the 10th anniversary of the outbreak of the Anna Kournikova worm. The malware spread by tricking users into opening a mail message that supposedly contained a picture of the famous Russian tennis beauty. In reality, the malware harvested a victim's Outlook address book, forwarding fresh copies of …

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Delete yourself. Who cares that you don't care?

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The Last paragraph

Of Cluley's item in the Sophos link was something of a keyboard destroyer for me! Recommended...

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Another Microsoft triumph of intelligence and foresight. Perhaps trumped by the shear fuckwittery known as Active-X. Yes , I'd download an untrusted binary onto my PC and run it! Not. Thanks , Morons in Seattle.

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Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday to you

Happy Birthday dear Anna

Happy Birthday to you

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Hippo Birdy

You forgot to ask to pass the song on to everyone who knows you...

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... AOL TIme Warner $0.05

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10 years on....

....and still they click !

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10 years? Can't be.

I had to remove this worm from a client's PC. Twice. In the same week. Seems the client in question was a big fan of Miss K, and was very keen to have a look at some photos of her. Very keen indeed.

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The first?

>>"The Kournikova worm was the first to be created by someone with a toolkit and little technical knowledge"

I keep reading about these supposed "first" in the era of "macro" and VBScript worms, ignoring actual history, and all that came before.

I remember playing with something called NuKe's Randomic Life Generator back in the early 90s. This was a do-it-yourself virus construction kit, which employed a nifty menu-driven interface to create viruses (or mosters, as it called them) with pre-built code modules offering diverse destructive or stealth features. With just a few keystrokes you could create a polymorphic, boot-sector virus that would crash your drive and try to hijack Norton anti-virus to spread.

Before that there was also VCL: Virus Construction Laboratory.

Boy, those were fun days!

dZ.

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