April 1st, 2003, 06:45 AM
Purpose of Worm Gibe
In an effort to defeat the unwanted reading of my email, which I know has taken place in the past, I have installed a number of anti-virus systems on my computer, notably Pest Patrol and now TDS-3 by Diamond CS. Some time ago Pest P. caught a Gibe worm in my computer and deleted it. Realizing that my email was still being read (based upon events in the real world), I looked for a more powerful software and found it in TDS-3, trial version of which I am now running.
I ran a deep search with TDS-3 (which took 34 minutes) and it found three Gibe worms (a,b, and c,) and a worm installer that went undetected by Pest Patrol. Interestingly, Ontrack told me that I had spyware in my system but couldn't identify it. But TDS-3 did. The worms were all exe files and the installer was a dll file. Analyzed, they presented themselves as Microsoft files - their classical disguise according to Diamond CS staff. I deleted all of these worms.
My questions is: what is the purpose of these worms? They appear not to be of a keylogger type; they are an older worm type, and according to what I have been told, they are sent out more of less at random, that is, by parties unknown not by an individual intent on reading my email. If that is the case, what satisfaction does the worm launcher get? Diamond CS says that the Gibe worm can open ports allowing my hotmail account to be read, so they have that capability. I have been wondering if the worm launcher, noticing that the first worm was deleted, reconfigured the worm, sent a bunch with an installer to boot!
What do you think? Are these worms from a source unknown to me sent for unknown reasons, or are they deliberate attacks to allow a specific individual to read my email?
April 1st, 2003, 06:59 AM
Here are a couple of links to give you information if you need it:
My opinion based on the information I have is that the worm is just like almost any other virus. It is there so someone can say "Hey I did that". It's a fame thing. Anyway, I wouldn't jump to thinking that someone is specifically targetting you it just seems to run from address book. However given a reason and time I am sure someone would send it to you for spite.
Anyway, there is the info you were asking. Just my opinion.
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April 1st, 2003, 10:01 AM
Dageressor has a point, we all remmeber Mr Morris JR