MyDoom one year later: more zombies, more spam

Thursday, 27 January 2005, 10:01 AM EST

Computer security experts remembered the MyDoom e-mail worm Wednesday, one year after it tore through the Internet, deluged e-mail systems with infected messages and set records for infecting vulnerable computer systems.

The new worm caused headaches for network administrators, downed The SCO Group's Web site and spawned a short-lived three-way war of words between virus authors. But the MyDoom outbreak is being recalled one year later as an event that signaled the end of the amateur virus writers and the clear emergence of sophisticated, new virus authors with criminal ties and a hunger for illicit profit from spam and online extortion, experts agree.

By Paul Roberts at InfoWorld.

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