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Sasser Worm Author Confesses

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BBC: “An 18-year-old German high school student has admitted creating the Sasser internet worm, police say.”

Analysts also warn that the worm will never disappear, as it doesn’t have a time limit to its operation and due to the way it distributes itself.

Attacks of this nature are always damaging to Microsoft and .NET developers looking to see Windows used more predominately in the server market.

The future however, looks slightly brighter. XP Service Pack 2, which includes changes to core architecture within Windows (the way in which RPC is handled, and memory management) is in a free technical preview, and with its simplified and co-ordinated new Windows Update service, it is hoped such attacks will become much harder.

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