Its Time We Started Immunizing Systems
Taken individually, the Cheese Worm is not a good thing. The last thing we need is another invasion by some nameless hacker using up our network resources.Taken individually, the Cheese Worm is not a good thing. The last thing we need is another invasion by some nameless hacker using up our network resources. But when I first heard about it, I couldnt escape the feeling that this is the right way to fight security holes and malicious hackers. One of the biggest causes of security breaches and attacks on the Internet is the ignorance or laziness of many system administrators. Too many people put up systems with known security holes, and too few bother to install easily available patches.
The Internet is like a person who doesnt take care of his or her health but lacks an immune system. And thats the key: If respected security vendors and organizations released identifiable programs similar to the Cheese Worm, it would be a big step toward creating an immune system and leveling the playing field between the bad guys, who are always on offense, and the good guys, who must react after an attack takes place.