Storm worm strikes back at security pros – Network World

Link: Storm worm strikes back at security pros – Network World.

Ok, you saw me post an
article earlier that compute cycles on the Storm
Worm botnet network
appear to be for sale. Now it appears that Storm Worm
network is fighting back against attempts to do reconnaissance on its internal
architecture.

In an article today posted
both on Slashdot
and Network
World
, the worm can “figure out which users are trying to probe
its command-and-control servers,
and it retaliates by launching DDoS attacks
against them” notes Network World senior editor and story author Tim Greene.

 

When I read the story the
first time through, I got a cold chill down my spine. It’s not that things like
this haven’t happened before, but honestly, this is the first time I’ve seen
something as wide spread as a malicious botnet retaliating against users.
Flashes of Skynet from the Terminator
movies and Colossus: the Forbin Project
immediately came to mind.

This has more to do with what’s
next? Is it possible that we are too clever for our own good? I hate fear
mongering, I really do. We look around at the amount of state sponsored
terrorism in the world, and yes don’t be naïve, we do it too, building
technological infrastructures such as what we’ve been reading about here is positively
chilling.