New worm targets Spamhaus

— 7:37 AM on November 3, 2003

It appears that a new Windows worm is targeting the Spamhaus spam tracking service with a Denial Of Service attack. Here's an excerpt from Spamhaus' press release:

A new virus released by spammers on Saturday 1st November is infecting computers worldwide, and this time the purpose of the virus is to attack The W32.Mimail.D virus is the latest in a string of viruses, each one released by spammers for the purpose of creating a vast worldwide network of spam-sending machines and building an attack network consisting of hundreds of thousands of virus-infected zombie machines with which the spammers then attack anti-spam organizations.
Spammers clearly have the money to fund virus writers and malicious hackers, and the vast landscape of net-connected Windows PCs and attachment-clicking users are ripe for infection. It's stories like this that make me wonder if ISPs shouldn't start mandating a certain level of PC security and user intelligence before they'll let someone sign up for a broadband account.

Thanks to Slashdot for the tip.

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