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Saturday, August 23, 2003
A white hat virus?

I was noticing that ZoneAlarm was reporting piles and piles of pings to my machine, all from I went over to the home of Shields Up, to retest my Internet invisibility, and read this:

Although no worm designed to infiltrate and make uninvited modifications to a user's computer can seriously be called "good", researchers have discovered a new Internet worm which attempts to remove the previous worms and patches the vulnerable system by downloading and installing Microsoft's DCOM/RPC updates.

As a side effect of its scanning for vulnerable machines, this new worm generates a great deal of ICMP traffic, which firewall log watchers are seeing and have been reporting.>

So..uh...good on them! I guess.

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