A few days ago, I saw a News.com story that really put me in the spirit of Christmas: Dasher worm gallops onto the Net.
Dasher.B is a Windows-targeted worm that drops spying software on vulnerable PCs, and its spreading across the Internet. According to the story, The Dasher.B worm exploits a flaw in Microsoft Windows Distributed Transaction Coordinator, or MDTC. The infected systems are prompted to connect to a remote computer for instructions, and then the worm downloads a malicious program that tracks keystrokes.
Do you think the name of this worm, considering its almost Christmas, is a coincidence? I think not! What about the I love you worm that plagued peoples Inboxes suspiciously close to Valentines Day? If I were you, Id keep my eyes open for the following worms: Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, and Rudolph!
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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.