Security Experts Say MyDoom "Definitely Has Ties to Spammers"

Thursday, January 29 2004 @ 12:32 AM EST

Contributed by: PJ

The Atlanta Journal is reporting that experts now say the MyDoom virus was "professionally created with a criminal profit motive" by spammers. The Houston Chronicle says the same.

Now I want an apology.

I don't want one. I *demand* one from SCO.

And all the journalists and the antivirus spokesmen who first cast aspersions on the Linux community as if the community must be responsible, shame on you. And here is a tip: the next time you get a call from Darl, I suggest you take what he says about the Linux community with a grain of salt.

Here is a bit from the article:

"What worries computer experts the most is the fact that MyDoom is an example of a new breed of professionally created worms that are more difficult to detect and move faster. These better-built worms also are used by criminals to turn a profit.

"Experts say the creation of MyDoom was almost certainly funded by e-mail spammers. The worm takes possession of a computer -- either at a home or one used in business -- and turns the machine into a remotely controlled robot programmed to send spam e-mail messages. . . .

"'Yeah, it definitely has ties to spammers,' said Neel Mehta, a computer scientist with Atlanta-based Internet Security Systems. . . .

"As if the news wasn't bad enough, there is a general suspicion the worm may contain what computer scientists call a keystroke-logger program. If that's true, the creator of the worm can monitor every keystroke made on every infected computer not protected by a firewall program. That provides access to everything typed, including credit card numbers and passwords.

"'I think there is a link to organized crime,' Thompson said. 'I don't have any proof of that, but it could easily be. It could be harvesting credit card numbers ... or bank account log-ins.'"