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Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Fascinating Forensic Foray - Dissecting the Witty Worm

The Witty Worm was particularly devastating to Autodesk User Group International (AUGI)'s website and their previous webhost (CI Host), it has even darker implications for the future. Although AUGI has recovered and reinvented their site as I reported in my LugNuggets article in May of 2004, others were not so fortunate. Read more about the nastiest, most effective computer attack ever in Scott Berinato's Security article: Why Wasn't the Witty Worm Widely Worrisome? available at

For a forensic analysis of the attack complete with animations and some of those same type of geeky graphs we laughed about at Autodesk University, see the outstanding dissection of the Witty Worm: The Spread of the Witty Worm. This article written by Colleen Shannon and David Moore of the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA) explores the spread of the Witty Internet Worm in March 2004 .