Linux worm hits the network

Monday, 16 September 2002, 6:46 PM EST

A worm that attacks Linux servers is being used to create a peer-to-peer network of infected computers that can be remotely controlled by the worm's creator.

The "Linux.Slapper.Worm" targets Linux servers running Apache Web server software along with an encryption technology known as "Secure Sockets Layer," the typical method for protecting data in transit over the Web.

What sets Slapper apart from other worms is its networking capability. Once a server is infected, it becomes part of a network of compromised machines, which the worm's author can use to attack other networks.

Infected machines are also wide open to any malicious hacker. It isn't particularly difficult to locate the network of infected severs, and once located, it appears that any attacker can remotely control any or all of the compromised machines.

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