Spam and virus techniques overlap

Friday, 9 January 2004, 3:35 PM EST

A year on from the debut of SoBig.A, the first virus to converge spam and virus writing techniques, its legacy continues, warns a security company.

Managed email security firm MessageLabs predicted that this convergent attack style will be extensive during 2004 as the techniques of spammers and virus writers overlap.

SoBig infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide, but the initial virus also installed open proxies on compromised machines which were then used to send spam.

MessageLabs has so far intercepted 737,125 copies of the worm in 183 countries, and it continues to spread.

By Robert Jaques at vnunet.

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