This one is nasty. If there can be a true evil on the internet, then this botnet is it. It is insidious, pervasive, invasive, vindictive, and cruel.
A "botnet" is a collection of computers (between 6 and 50 MILLION
in this case) that have been hijacked and are being collectively used for nefarious purposes. Be afraid. Be very afraid.
It may just be time to switch to Linux if you haven't. Your Windows firewall and antivirus are just not much help against this one if you are infected. If you wish to make the jump to Linux, I can help you. The move is easier than you think. Really.
---Storm Worm Strikes Back
Though Storm worm's prevalence is under debate, its ability to launch DDoS attacks against investigators is not.
Tim Greene, Network World
Thursday, October 25, 2007 6:00 AM PDT
The Storm worm is fighting back against security researchers that seek to destroy it and has them running scared, Interop New York show attendees heard Tuesday.
The worm can figure out which users are trying to probe its command-and-control servers, and it retaliates by launching DDoS attacks against them, shutting down their Internet access for days, says Josh Korman, host-protection architect for IBM/ISS, who led a session on network threats. [...]
Now you get to read about how it renders your antivirus inneffectiveStorm Worm Botnet Lobotomizing Anti-Virus Programs
By Lisa Vaas
October 24, 2007
A new technique leaves anti-virus products running but brain-dead; an expert says we haven't come close to witnessing Storm's true power.
NEW YORK—The ever-mutating, ever-stealthy Storm worm botnet is adding yet another trick to its vast repertoire: Instead of killing anti-virus products on target systems, it's now doing a hot fix with a memory patch to render them brain-dead. [...]