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Web Worm Spreads, Slowing Online Search Sites - A fast-spreading computer worm that uses Web search sites to find victims made a broad assault on computers worldwide on Monday, causing problems for Google Inc. on the day it offered new details about its initial public offering, security experts said.
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If someone else posted the same info, I apologize, i didnt feel like reading 13 pages of posts.
I tend to agree with you Brett - especially with G and their ability to cope with quite extreme upturns in traffic has to be massive - certainly beyond this bug!
It would really have to be something special to bring G to its knee's!
- also the Server Error 27, sounds very low in the food chain! Though don't know what '27' means!
I'm having a hard time figuring out how a virus that appears to have such a low threashold of propogation could cause this kind of disruption for a system like the search engines.
I receive many copies of what appears to be the virus in question every day, so I guess it's definitely out there. It's sufficiently sneaky in appearance that it would fool many newbies. Neverthless, I agree, there is something we're not being told.
In one of the articles mentioned, someone said that the method of attack was new and sophisticated (rough quote). As I said in another post, it seems that the various virus analysers around the world missed part of the payload on this one.
I heard Google is being searched about 200M times a day currently? (please correct me if wrong). I don't know the specifics of this new breed Mydoom.O, and doubt we'll be told. But imagine, the infected PC does a search query - a second, you only need 2314 infected PC's to produce another 200M queries a day.
The virus alerts I saw about Mydoom.0 all had its status as low.
It is plausable that IP blocking of unusual usage eg > 10 queries an hour could have been implimented in the short term by G, as precaucionary measure.
We sometines forget that as SEO's our usage of SE's and the amount of queries we run manually is far greater than a 'average user'.