Security researchers warn of worm blitzkriegs

Tuesday, 28 May 2002, 10:47 AM EST

Security researchers are warning of the availability of more powerful virus writing techniques, which call for a more co-ordinated approach to combat next generation worms.

In a paper, How to 0wn the Internet in Your Spare Time, Stuart Staniford of Silicon Defense, Vern Paxson of the ICSI centre for internet research and Nicholas Weaver of University of California Berkeley, argue the ability of attackers to rapidly gain control of vast numbers of Internet hosts poses grave security risks. They suggest surreptitious worms, which spread more slowly but are much harder to detect, "could arguably subvert upwards of 10,000,000 Internet hosts".

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