Tag: worm

The Creeper and the Reaper make cybersecurity history

The Creeper and the Reaper make cybersecurity history

“I’M THE CREEPER. CATCH ME IF YOU CAN.” This eerie message is the equivalent of “hello, world!” in cybersecurity history. In 1971, Bob Thomas, an engineer at BBN Technologies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, developed the first computer worm, dubbed the “Creeper.”

/ October 16, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Klez.H virus confuses with spoofed emails

Tech Time Warp: Klez.H virus confuses with spoofed emails

It is possible the creator of Klez was rather indecisive. The malware, which confounded computer users in the early 2000s, was all at once a virus, a worm, and a Trojan horse. Basically, Klez contained every trick in the hacker...

/ May 29, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Lessons learned from the Sadmind worm

Tech Time Warp: Lessons learned from the Sadmind worm

On May 8, 2001, the CERT Division at Carnegie Mellon University issued an alert: A new worm was on the loose. The “sadmind/IIS worm” exploited well-known vulnerabilities in the Sun Microsystems’ Solaris operating system as well as Microsoft’s Internet Information...

/ May 22, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Bagle worm spreads through its simplicity

Tech Time Warp: Bagle worm spreads through its simplicity

On Jan. 18, 2004, computer users were served a “bagle” that would ruin anyone’s appetite. Also known as the “Beagle” worm, Bagle does not refer to the popular breakfast food that it shares a pronunciation with, despite their different spellings....

/ January 24, 2020
Tech Time Warp: Father Christmas worm visits NASA

Tech Time Warp: Father Christmas worm visits NASA

Even hackers get into the holiday spirit. The Santy worm brought unwelcome gifts in December 2004, and the CHRISTMA EXEC brought a charming ASCII tree to screens in 1987. On December 22, 1988, the Father Christmas worm traveled to NASA...

/ December 27, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Microsoft chases a storm

Tech Time Warp: Microsoft chases a storm

In early 2007, network administrators began dealing with a trojan that grew into a massive botnet and even stumped Microsoft for more than a year. The Storm worm initially spread via email, promising the recipient news about dangerous storms in...

/ September 6, 2019
Tech Time Warp: SoBig.F worm creates some big problems

Tech Time Warp: SoBig.F worm creates some big problems

It’s amazing that the unwitting computer users of 2019 are still clicking on suspicious attachments considering the havoc such files have been wreaking for decades. Back in August 2003, the SoBig.F virus — the sixth variant of the SoBig worm...

/ August 23, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Was the Welchia Worm well-intended?

Tech Time Warp: Was the Welchia Worm well-intended?

As the old saying goes, two wrongs don’t make a right — especially if the second “wrong” is a computer worm, albeit a benevolent one. In August 2003, hundreds of thousands of PCs were infected by the Blaster worm, which...

/ August 9, 2019 / 1 Comment
Tech Time Warp: This worm might have been “Witty,” but it certainly wasn’t charming

Tech Time Warp: This worm might have been “Witty,” but it certainly wasn’t charming

Some viruses are merely pesky; others are downright nasty. The Witty Worm, which made its debut at approximately 8:45 p.m. PST March 19, 2004, falls into the latter category. Within a swift 45 minutes, the Witty Worm had corrupted the...

/ March 15, 2019
Tech Time Warp: Microsoft Issues Alert on Blaster Worm

Tech Time Warp: Microsoft Issues Alert on Blaster Worm

Fifteen years ago, Microsoft had a big problem on its hands. Machines running Windows 2003/XP/2000/NT were being infected by a nasty worm known as Blaster. On Aug. 11, 2003, Microsoft issued an alert warning of Blaster, which exploited a vulnerability...

/ August 10, 2018