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Worms November 20, 2013

Posted by farchie82 in Security.

In the case of the infamous worm of 1998, the internet world, and the public eye were all taken by storm by what was later found out to be mediocre code.  On November 2, 1998, the internet was infected with a worm program, which was malicious in its efforts.  “There were many bugs and mistakes in the code that would not be made by a careful, competent programmer.” [1] (p.21) However, the fact that the code had many errors was not a factor in the damage that it did cause, and because of the virus’ success, there is much wisdom users should extract from the event so that the spread of a possible future worm can be prevented.

There are two key things that users could do to help combat future worm attacks, with the first being a better plan in place for emergencies.  When the attack of 1998 happened, it took quite a while to spread the word, so “…we need a better mechanism in place to coordinate information about security flaws and attacks [and] we need to develop better information methods outside the network before the next crisis.” [1] (p.27) The second thing that could help in preventing future worm outbreaks is publishing malicious code.  Making such information publicly available could help computer programmers and software engineers develop a greater defense when they are creating programs and software.  “It is vital that we educate system administrators and make bug fixes available to them in some way that does not compromise their security.” [1] (p.27-28)

Both of these things will help, if consistently and thoroughly practiced, to combat worm attacks.  It’s better to be prepared in case such an event should happen in the future because being able to access the internet nowadays is vital.

[1] Spafford, Eugene H., “The Internet Worm Program: An Analysis” (1988).Computer Science Technical Reports.Paper 702. http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/cstech/702





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