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Security boffins feel the pain of Storm

Storm Worm is proving to be one of the most resilient malware ever coded according to some security professionals who have attended the Interop conference.

The worm known for its ability to morph and change depending on the environmental threats now has a new card at hand.

It can, as eweek (opens in new tab) puts it, lobotomise popular anti-virus solutions, turning them into virtual zombies, in order not to raise any suspicions.

In effect the antivirii are brain-dead, running but not scanning anything. Some researchers have endured the wrath of the worm, experiencing first hand a deluge of Denial of Services (DDOS) as they tried to take the Storm worm's code apart.

The worm, which changes its signature 48 times a day, is said to be behind a super network of up to 50 million computers although PC World reports (opens in new tab) that it might be a tenth of its size.

There are also clear indications that the network of Storm Infected computers is being used sparingly in order to inflict maximum harm, pointing to the probability that it is "rented" out to criminal organisations with vested interests.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.