Nine Ball Worm Enters Hype Cycle

By Lawrence Walsh  |  Posted 2009-06-29 Print this article Print

New worm Nine Ball compromises more than 40,000 Web sites, redirecting users to pages that stealthly download Trojans and spyware. But is Nine Ball the next big threat after Conficker and Gumblar, or is it just more hype?

If someone is talking about Nine Ball to you today, it's likely not about a game of billiards. Nine Ball is the latest worm compromising Web sites and infecting unsuspecting PCs with a Trojan. Detected less than a week ago by researchers at Websense, the new worm has already compromised more than 40,000 Web sites worldwide.

Sounds serious, eh? Perhaps. But there are conflicting reports over the severity of Nine Ball.

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Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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