02 May 2004


"It started on a single computer, in the dead of a Saturday night in January. A tiny little piece of code, not much longer than a couple of newspaper sentences, invaded a Microsoft database program.

The intruder consisted of a very simple set of instructions. It turned the infected machine into a volcano of poisonous electronic junk mail. The computer gushed randomly addressed messages into cyberspace, each carrying a replicated copy of the rogue program. More machines got sick. Those computers also vomited virulent code and infected even more machines.

Most of the Western Hemisphere was asleep. But the virus called Slammer--soon notorious as the largest attack on the Internet ever--was on the march...

So you think the battle between virus and anti-virus is boring geek talk? Check this out and see for yourself

(via Disinformation.com)