Even the Viruses are Open Source Now

By on July 6, 2004

ZDNet states that the latest variants of the Bagle worm include the original assembler source code of the virus as an attachment to the emails it sends. Security experts worry that this will produce a lot more variants, and make it harder to prosecute the author.

“On Friday, the perfect evidence against the author of Bagle was that his computer contained the original source code. Today, that is no longer the case,” said Hypp√∂nen.

I finally convinced my wife to give up IE and Outlook this weekend, and got her set up with Thunderbird and Firefox. She’s the one who most often accesses our financial info via the web, and I sleep better knowing she’s not using IE for that any more.