By Deane Barker on October 15, 2007

Gathering ‘Storm’ Superworm Poses Grave Threat to PC Nets: Lemme tell you: if Bruce Schneier is even a little afraid, then I’m curled up in a fetal position somewhere rocking back and forth.

Worms like Storm are written by hackers looking for profit, and they’re different. These worms spread more subtly, without making noise. Symptoms don’t appear immediately, and an infected computer can sit dormant for a long time. If it were a disease, it would be more like syphilis, whose symptoms may be mild or disappear altogether, but which will eventually come back years later and eat your brain.

This part is really scary.

We simply don’t know how to stop Storm, except to find the people controlling it and arrest them.

Unfortunately we have no idea who controls Storm, although there’s some speculation that they’re Russian. The programmers are obviously very skilled, and they’re continuing to work on their creation.

Oddly enough, Storm isn’t doing much, so far, except gathering strength.