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"If people were using Linux desktops, we never would have had this worm in the first place"

"Companies are going to lose, at a guess, hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity thanks to MyDoom. And, who are they going to blame? Microsoft for producing crappy software? No, people keep using Windows and Outlook even though every few months we're shown once more that both have all the security of an open barn door. No, what will happen is that at least some corporate IT decision makers are going to blame Linux because one or two worm writers decided that they had enough of SCO and decided to get back at them, and some others decided to at least jokingly support the worm.

Still other Linux backers have come up with a conspiracy theory that SCO itself came up with the virus to generate sympathy. What nonsense! SCO doesn't need sympathy, it needs court victories, and the company isn't going to get either one from MyDoom.

Folks, MyDoom isn't a joke. You may hate SCO, but using worms, and giving them your blessing even in fun, is bad for Linux. Anyone who really cares about Linux and its future in business, and not just flipping SCO a bird, can keep their jokes to themselves, help stomp out MyDoom, and, oh yes, mention that if people were using Linux desktops, we never would have had this worm in the first place."

STEVEN J. VAUGHAN-NICHOLS, in eWeek, January 27, 2004



SCO's Interesting Time Warp

"In this January 27 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the SCO group says:

"We have also experienced several denial-of-service attacks on our website, which have prevented web users from accessing our website and doing business with us for a period of time. Additionally, we have recently experienced a distributed denial-of-service attack as a result of the "Mydoom" worm virus. It is reported that the effects of this virus will continue into February 2004. If such attacks continue or if our customers and strategic partners are also subjected to similar attacks, our business and results of operations could be materially harmed."

Yet according to every security advisory I've seen (such as this one from Symantec), the denial of service attack against SCO didn't start until today.

That doesn't excuse the DDOS, but it does say something about SCO's credibility, not for the first time. SCO and its senior executives have shown themselves to be willing to stretch, if not snap, the truth -- such as Darl McBride's ridiculously inaccurate meanderings about copyright law, as Larry Lessig has picked apart in some detail. (The world is still waiting for SCO to show any actual violations of copyright, meanwhile.) "

Dan Gillmor in his "eJournal" at SiliconValley.com, February 2, 2004



"We are still considering MyDoom.B to be a low risk virus

"At the moment we are still considering MyDoom.B to be a low risk virus. I'd be very surprised if Microsoft suffers in the same way SCO has. However, there is almost certainly a rubbernecking effect with any attack such as this, whereby so many people visit the site to see whether it is down that that in itself can effectively create a denial of service attack coupled with the traffic created by the virus."

Paul Wood, principle information security analyst at MessageLabs
[quoted on silicon.con, February 3, 2004]

 


"Clearly, the virus has peaked"

"The worm's second strain, Mydoom.b, is programmed to launch a similar attack against software giant Microsoft's Web site today. But anti-virus experts downplay the threat, saying Mydoom.b has only infected a handful of computers. MessageLabs, a United Kingdom company that scans e-mails for thousands of companies accounting for about 2 million computer users, said it has stopped more than 17 million infected messages from 214 countries in the past week. In its first 24 hours, Mydoom surpassed Sobig.f - which clogged computer networks in August - to become the fastest-spreading virus. But the worst appears to be over as computer users increasingly clean the virus from their systems, anti-virus experts said.

'Clearly, the virus has peaked,' said Craig Schmugar, virus research manager for Network Associates' anti-virus emergency response team, noting that the rate of infection began to fall late Friday."

Quoted in Mercury News, February 3, 2004



"It's not terrorism, but it is somebody who is obviously upset with SCO"

"This is a form of electronic warfare. It's not terrorism, but it is somebody who is obviously upset with SCO."

Raimund Genes, European president of security software firm Trend Micro, February 3, 2004
[quoted here]




"One day we're going to wake up in a world where IP restrictions will take all the fun out of engineering"

"While I respect Linus's position that he's just an engineer, and really doesn't want to deal with legal issues, I think that position is much less of an option these days. We're having the law forced on us, and if we're not careful, one day we're going to wake up in a world where IP restrictions will take all the fun out of engineering."

Eric Jonas, MIT student , February 3, 2004
[in the aftermath of Darl McBride's visit to Harvard to deliver his talk, "Defending Intellectual Property Rights in a Digital Age"]

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I wonder when people will get it through their heads that the MYDOOM virus is not about SCO and Linux. That is a diversion. The MYDOOM virus is about installing keylogging software and creating zombie machines and opening back doors to thousands of personal computers. THAT IS THE STORY!!!!! The sooner the criminals who created it are found, their systems disected, and the real long range goal of the writers determined, and people notified of the personal information that has been collected on them, the better.

"If people were using Linux desktops, we never would have had this worm in the first place" - Vaughan-Nichols is spot-on. When at the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology gig on Monday Darl McBride asked a student questioner whether he'd been affected by the MyDoom.a worm, the student told him (to general laughter): "No, I have Linux."


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Jim wrote: I wonder when people will get it through their heads that the MYDOOM virus is not about SCO and Linux. That is a diversion. The MYDOOM virus is about installing keylogging software and creating zombie machines and opening back doors to thousands of personal computers. THAT IS THE STORY!!!!! The sooner the criminals who created it are found, their systems disected, and the real long range goal of the writers determined, and people notified of the personal information that has been collected on them, the better.
ashishK wrote: "If people were using Linux desktops, we never would have had this worm in the first place" - Vaughan-Nichols is spot-on. When at the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology gig on Monday Darl McBride asked a student questioner whether he'd been affected by the MyDoom.a worm, the student told him (to general laughter): "No, I have Linux."
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