seolancer - 12:32 pm on Dec 22, 2004 (gmt 0) [news.com.com...]
In an alert posted on the Gartner Web site, analysts Whit Andrews and Ray Wagner said that even though Google quickly fixed the bug by rolling out an auto update, "Gartner still advises caution in enterprise deployment of this tool." The Santy.a worm used the search engine to select potential victims. Armed with the list, the worm sent code designed to compromise the potentially vulnerable sites. Because its search engine was a linchpin for the attack, if Google had been ready for the eventuality, the company could have stopped the worm cold, said Hypponen, the research director for antivirus company F-Secure.