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Interface : The ‘virus war of 2004

This year 2004 has been a peak year for virus attacks, and the number of variants emerging from the most widespread worms. To begin with, TrendLabs has registered a 600 percent increase in new virus/worm/Trojan detections compared with this time of year in 2003. So, we already have a record virus year even with three months to go. Looking more closely at the TrendLabs number provides cause for alarm, as the company explains that it has detected some 1,485 new ‘malwares’ this past month compared to only 250 registered for the same month last year.

Analyzing the types of these ‘malwares’ provides more information on trends. Of them, trojan horses accounted for some 61 percent, worms accounted for 29 percent. On the subject of worms, it is absolutely amazing how a worm like Bagle ran through the whole alphabet, from A to Z, with each letter bringing along a new variant. Bagle has now started to emerge in newer variants using two letter combinations for its name line 'az'. Imagine the number of potential combinations and variants that opens up!

MyDoom, first reported in January 2004, also continues to pop-up. This was the worm that accounted for one third of email spam around the world in the first three months of the year! Netsky is also a very resilient worm, still showing up in virus reports all over the world; however the biggest comeback for September was from the Sasser ‘a’ and ‘b’ worms which accounted for a whopping 31 percent of virus reports! Not bad for a virus that emerged at the beginning of the year, and is easy to catch and terminate; yet continues to wreak havoc.

Obviously, there’s a problem with user awareness. Worms sneak in through unpatched operating systems, Trojans by unprotected Internet access and users should be more proactive and vigilante. It just seems the majority are not. Another fact was that 79 percent of all malwares were bot-style, which means programs that seek to remotely controlled networks, turning them into zombies.

The leap in the numbers and damages inflicted by malwares is financially motivated, as most Trojans steal information that is of value or open backdoors to systems which provide financial benefits. Apparently, there are buyers out there willing to pay for Trojans that steal banking information, for example. It seems, and this is the most dangerous conclusion, that worms and Trojans are finally making the move from erratic, hobbyist tools of vandalism towards an organized and planned act of theft.

As the problems of malware develop, home users will be expected to learn more about security measures and we will enter a new era in which knowledge of such issues will be just as important as basic computer skills. Maybe then, the threat will be decreased, and we won’t have another year of massive outbreaks like 2004. zeid@maktoob.com

Amman,18October2004
Zeid Nasser
The Star


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