Warning - new trend of attempts to infect ISP users (possibly virus)

Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 16:15:39 +0000 (GMT)
From: "Stephen J. Wilcox" <steve@telecomplete.co.uk>
Sender: owner-nanog@merit.edu

> > Erm is it me or are the writers of Bagle and Netsky determined to keep morphing
> > their code to outwit the virus scanners.. is this a new trend in virus writing -
> > beat the systems by evolving your code quicker than the security firms can
> > release updates?
> new trend in that it started only a decade ago?

Perhaps I'm only following this as its affecting us more, but I dont recall a
time previously when I've had so many viruses hitting us and getting thro our
scanners with nothing we can do about it. I dont recall seeing viruses with
variants as high as 'j' before, especially in the relatively short time since
the previous variants were out

Seriously, drop some references if I'm off-track.. its just my perception and
I'm not an expert at all with viruses...

They are getting batter at it, but the WANK worm (1989) used
self-modifying code so that no two replicas were the same. (Note: This
worm only infected VMS systems running on the global DECNET internet,
mostly DOE, NASA, and DEC corporate systems.)