The Worst Malware In History
November 06, 2015 at 4:00 AM
In our previous article; Know Your Enemy - The Origins of Malware, we touched on the long history of malware, talked about the first ever instances of it, and more. If you missed that, check it out via the link above.
Today, however, we're going to very briefly look at one of the contenders for "Worst Malware In History". This can be argued of course, but we're going to present the case for 'The MyDoom Virus'.
This malware first appeared in 2004, and was a worm which made its way through computers via an email message. The technique utilized, was making the email appear as a bounced message, coaxing the user into opening it to ensure their last sent message reached its receiver. Once opened, the virus automatically downloaded its malicious code into the computer, and was then able to rifle through the user’s email address book.
This type of infection was especially harmful to corporations, as many times, their employees' contact lists include the personal information – names, phone numbers, email, office and home addresses – of their coworkers, partners and other business people. These credentials could then be utilized by hackers to impersonate the person for fraud.
Around 2 million PCs were infected with the MyDoom virus.
“MyDoom contained the text; ‘andy; I’m just doing my job, nothing personal, sorry,’ which led many to believe that the virus was constructed for a fee for a spammer, though this also was not confirmed,”
MyDoom was the fastest spreading worm infection ever seen.
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