[LINK] E-mail a saviour amid anthrax scare
Thu, 18 Oct 2001 16:08:33 +1000 (EST)
You will probably find that this is because these virii come from a common
virus developer kit. I forget its name, but it is out there.
On Thu, 18 Oct 2001, Rachel Polanskis wrote:
> It's fortunate, really. Nearly all of the pervasive MS viruses
> which are really just VBScript and the like seem to all have built in
> flaws that stop them really being a damaging threat.
> To me it indicates just how dumbed down everything is becoming.
> In the bad old days, virus writers wrote in assembler, their payloads
> were measured in bytes and were extremely destructive. Strangely
> enough these sorts of virus applications disappeared just as the Internet
> started becoming more pervasive. Nothing to do with the availability
> of virus filtering either, as far as I understand.....
> Are there any stats out there I wonder, that confirm this? Most of the
> popularly known virii these days all seem to be based around the same
> old windoze bugs and use the scripting host. How many of the most recent
> viruses are written in assembler? I doubt that many of these wannabe
> "hackers" have the skill, patience or vision to do so. In a weird
> way, it's just another case of how unoriginal the world is becoming!
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