Witty extinction

Thursday, 8 April 2004, 1:43 AM EST

The "Witty" worm appeared on March 19th, and within a few short days it completed its mission and effectively disappeared. It received minimal coverage by the major news media outlets and for many people it has already been largely forgotten, a mere blip on the radar among so many blips of new viruses and virus variants that appear each week. If the Witty worm didn't affect you, as is the case for most people, you probably don't care. But you should. The Witty worm set a dangerous precedent on the Internet because it introduced a number of evil new "firsts" in the ever-changing world of modern worms and viruses.

By Kelly Martin at SecurityFocus.

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