Re: MS DOS ATTACK
While I am sure there is some malicious intent, hence the ddos attack on microsoft, my guess is someone wrote this to illustrate that it is possible. What I do find intriguing about most of these worms/virii is that real harm could have been done, had the real intent been there. Think about it, you have a way to infect multiple machines, without the user even having to run a piece of software. All they have to be is, connected. It's a dream scenario for someone who wants to do harm. If the author of this particular worm had wanted, he could have had this sit dormant for a week or two, allowing itself to propagate across the obviously unpatched network, and then on a sunday, or maybe monday morning, just reformatted all of the hard drives on the affected machine. Instead, they gave obvious clues to the users that they were infected, and didn't do anything like destroying data. A missed opportunity for the right hacker, probably, but I think whoever wrote this was just doing this to wake up everyone that they aren't safe.
Funny thing, I switched departments, and while I no longer control a couple of servers, I emailed my boss last week that someone should patch those servers, noticing this before the worm hit. Silently, I patched them, and didn't tell anyone. On the day it hit, I mentioned to my boss, not to worry, I had taken care of it, but someone was going to have to do it next time. His boss replied 'Lets get those servers under the control of someone who is paid to do this.' You know ####er! the people 'paid' to do that, missed every machine on our floor, except mine, which I took care of, and didn't even patch those servers. Seems the people paid to do it didn't!! And to imply that I was unqualified was just frankly offensive. I am trying to figure out how to reply without stepping on any toes. What an a$$hole..