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Rob Rosenberger

Where's that ''megaworm'' you warned us about, Dan?

Rob Rosenberger, Vmyths co-founder
Thursday, 17 April 2003

THE TRUSTY FEARMONGERS at mi2g predicted America & Britain could suffer digital devastation if they dared to wage a physical war with Iraq. And yet Saddam's regime fell without a horrifying cyber-war.

C'mon, Dan! Please tell us you didn't get hood­winked yet again...
Vmyths has learned why the cyber-war didn't take place. Seems the Jihad lost a majority of its bandwidth to people who kept downloading "Matrix Reloaded" and "Bulletproof Monk" movie trailers. Ah, the exquisite irony of it all. But I didn't come here today to bash mi2g. Nope! I'll pound them in a column on 21 April when they announce ... well, let's just say "mi2g can't keep its mouth shut for four days." But we at Vmyths certainly can. Stay tuned. I didn't come here today to bash mi2g. Nope! I came here today to bash Computerworld scribe Dan Verton. On 20 November 2002, Verton warned the world:
In an exclusive interview [20 November 2002] with Computerworld, [a hacker who calls himself] Melhacker confirmed earlier reports by Chantilly, Va.-based iDefense Inc. that he has developed and tested a "three-in-one" megaworm code-named Scezda that combines features from the well-known SirCam, Klez and Nimda worms. "This is a real Internet computer worm," said Melhacker. "I will attack or launch this worm if America attacks Iraq." The worm has been ready and fully tested in his lab since August [2002], he said. He also confirmed earlier intelligence reports that he has ties to both Russian hackers and Pakistani virus writers. Brian Kelly, president and CEO of iDefense, said that although Melhacker hasn't proved adept at seeding new worms in the wild, this worm could be difficult to stop. IDefense quietly warned its clients last week about the potential for such a worm to hit the Internet, saying that companies should move to a heightened state of alert and watch for suspicious Internet traffic and e-mails if Iraq is attacked.
"Scezda." Don't you just love it when hackers pre-announce their diabolical creations? And don't you just love it when a gullible reporter like Verton falls for it? So tell us, Dan — where's that horrifying "megaworm" you warned us about? Please tell us you didn't get hoodwinked yet again...