StormWorm botnet lashes out at security researchers

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20 Responses to “StormWorm botnet lashes out at security researchers”

  1. Akasha says:

    It’s the internet’s very own little lich king.

  2. zikman says:

    @10
    you underestimate the Storm.

  3. yurei says:

    Storm Worm, we don’t talk anymore. You always get touchy and defensive when we try to discuss our give-and-take relationship. It’s the uncomfortable silences that hurt the most. Where did the love go? *deep sigh*

  4. semiotix says:

    It’s not hard to see where this is going. Maybe not with StormWorm, but eventually we’re going to see Secretaries of State flying to Iceland or Malta or wherever to conduct high-level treaty negotiations with l33t haxx0rs.

    I bet Neal Stephenson is pumped!

  5. Unanimous Cowherd says:

    Sounds like these “researchers” need to take some some internet stealth precautions. Surely it can’t be that hard to use proxies and other roundabout anonymizers to stay safe?

  6. sexyrobot says:

    actually, it seems the worst is over. sigh, and just when i was hoping it would become self-aware, build millions of sexy robots and kill you al… i mean, clean up the environment and stuff.

  7. noen says:

    I think we should re-name the Storm worm “Lenie Clark”.

  8. kaosdevice says:

    If I was an AI this is how I would want my origin story to look.

  9. Stefan Jones says:

    How soon until It starts looking for news stories about Itself and retaliCARBON UNITS! SURRENDER NOW! BUY LARGE QUANTITIES OF VIGR0 AND GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR WITH HOT NEW STOCK! DO NOT OPPOSE OUR/MY WILL. ONLY BUY PURCHASING OUR P#nyS LENGTHENER MAY YOUR EARN OUR/MY FORGIVENESS FOR YOUR PRYING WAYS.

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  10. Yamara says:

    Well, the researchers should stop using “Sarah Connor” as their damn password!

  11. jetsetsc says:

    Does this blog post mean that Storm will now take on Boing Boing? And does this comment make me a target? And you people reading this comment better watch out – Storm Knows!

  12. justin says:

    Bruce Schneier wrote a fascinating article on the storm worm earlier this month.

  13. Forrest L Norvell says:

    You’d think that, Teresa, but there’s a whole billing infrastructure for crackers and botnet controllers in Russia. It appears to have some implicit / tacit support of various factions in the Russian government and security services. There was a concise but informative article about it on economist.com a couple months ago. As long as the Russian government sees some advantage to allowing its feral hackers to run wild, the botnets are going to remain more or less unaccountable.

  14. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Granted, we can’t trace spammers. But spammers work for money, and that should be trackable. If we can’t trace it back to the spammers, we should at least be able to trace it back to the business enterprises that hire spammers to commit illegal acts.

  15. Fnarf says:

    When is this sort of thing going to be seen as the major-league national security threat that it so obviously is? It’s not just spam anymore; these things can shut down governments, or will be able to soon.

  16. L.B. Jeffries says:

    I’ll still never forgive him for taking over Sark and trying to kill Tron.

  17. vorpalsword says:

    Wintermute has conquered the intarwebs, it seems… Why can’t good things from SF happen in real life?

  18. NarmGreyrunner says:

    I for one welcome our new Aritificial Intelligence overlord.

  19. bobolikebeer says:

    I agree that the awkward sounding “Storm Worm Botnet” should be renamed… How about “Neuromancer”? … Or “Jane” maybe…

  20. Sam the Duck says:

    Wouldn’t the way to share findings, then, be to do it offline or at a conference using handouts? IE, traditional journals or articles. I know this isn’t the most convenient, but I doubt Storm Worm Botnet can read a paper.

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