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Some Scary Shit

October 4, 2007

I just read an article over at Schneier’s site about The Storm Worm, which appears to be the first in a new kind of worm.  Subtle and designed for profit, it has been spreading mostly unnoticed for about a year now.  The interesting thing about it is that it appears to be designed with two things at front of mind: resiliency and long-term planning.  The combination could prove to be very destructive.  Anyone looking for short story fodder should go and read the article now.  I can picture a scenario in which different people release different versions of the worm, infiltrating the network (which would include critical servers like Air Traffic Control, and so could not simply be shut down), and resulting in a global power struggle.

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