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Search Engine Congestion
Latest MyDoom variant wreaking havoc
by Karl Bode 01:52PM Monday Jul 26 2004
As per discussion in our General and Security forums, the most recent MyDoom variant seems to be blocking many users' ability to access several of the largest search engines. The latest variant, which began spreading quickly this morning, uses search engines to find more targets for infection. According to the Internet Storm Center, the virus searches user files for domain names, then uses Lycos, Google, Altavista, or Yahoo to find for valid e-mail addresses within these domains. Those engines in turn are having trouble keeping up with the load as the infection spreads. Google has resorted to blocking any search queries with the word "email" and domain names in them.

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Joe12345678

join:2003-07-22
Des Plaines, IL

Yahoo was slow

Yahoo was slow for me over the last few days
smoky_129
LBAD
Premium
join:2002-09-04
Arab, AL

Re: Yahoo was slow

same here thought it was my isp
hedyd4u
Premium
join:2003-12-16
Schenectady, NY

Don't use them

I don't use the search engines listed.

must be that hole in IE LOL
jeffbrantley

join:2000-03-24
Ballwin, MO

1 recommendation

This is the END!

The world is coming to an end! I can't search on google! help me! How will I go on living?

DenverDialup

join:2003-06-06
Littleton, CO

Re: This is the END!

said by jeffbrantley:
The world is coming to an end! I can't search on google! help me! How will I go on living?

Life is meaningless without Google. Be kind to yourself and take your life while you can.
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jeffbrantley

join:2000-03-24
Ballwin, MO

Oh wait, nevermind...

I figured out that I really didn't need to know what I found on google anyway. Call off the suicide watch.

Improfane

join:2003-12-05
kudos:1

1 edit

Oooh

Yah, I got an email from VirusBuster (even though i dont use them)

said by "VirusBuster Newsletter":

Mydoom.R spreads as an attachment to e-mail messages to addresses collected from the infected computer. The attachment to the messages is the approximately 26 kB long worm. On the infected systems is also drops a 8191 bytes long backdoor component.

MyDoom.R ?

is this the same virus?

MyDoom.M ? On Symantec?
»securityresponse.symantec.com/av···@mm.html
dosbubba

join:2002-01-26

Google is blocking..

Google seems to be blocking certain queries (anything with email and a domain in it):
email dslreports.com
email@microsoft.com
I like .emailing people
Sunburn

join:2000-10-05
Denver, CO

Re: Google is blocking..

Google no longer works for me either:

Google
Error

Server Error
The service you requested is not available at this time.

Service error -27.
smoky_129
LBAD
Premium
join:2002-09-04
Arab, AL

Re: Google is blocking..

google responds just fine yahoo takes forever
Sunburn

join:2000-10-05
Denver, CO
Google will NOT respond if your company has been infected with MyDoom and Google has blocked your domain from accessing search results. We just go an email explaining this from corporate security.
Sunburn

join:2000-10-05
Denver, CO
»news.myway.com/top/article/id/21···ers.html

Web Worm Spreads, Slows Google Searches
Email this story

Jul 26, 2:44 PM (ET)

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Internet worm that uses Web search engines to find new victims spread widely on Monday, apparently causing problems for Google Inc. on the day it set the price range for its initial public offering, Internet security experts reported.

The reports about the worm, a variant of a Web attack called MyDoom, came as outages on the search site Google.com hit in the United States, France and Great Britain. In many places the site was said to be working normally.

"The latest version of MyDoom, which started arriving in people's mail boxes in force today, uses search engines to find more recipients for its message," security research service SANS reported on Monday. "Some search engines report performance issues."

Web site performance slowed broadly on Monday, suggesting the possibility that a virus or other Internet attack may be causing problems, said Keynote Systems Inc. (KEYN.O), a Web performance tracking firm.

"It could be an indication that something is impacting the Internet overall. We are certainly looking into it and also looking into the possibility of some sort of attack. We are starting to see things creep up," said Keynote spokeswoman Della Lowe. "
Flizesh
Premium
join:2003-08-16
United State
works fine for me

Nerdtalker
Working Hard, Or Hardly Working?
Premium,MVM
join:2003-02-18
Tucson, AZ

Re: Google is blocking..

Click for full size
Works fine for me...

Sounds almost like a DDOS...
dosbubba

join:2002-01-26

Re: Google is blocking..

said by Nerdtalker:
Sounds almost like a DDOS...
It is:
quote:
...the virus searches user files for domain names, then uses Lycos, Google, Altavista, or Yahoo to find for valid e-mail addresses within these domains. Those engines in turn are having trouble keeping up with the load as the infection spreads.

IAmTheEvilest
There Is Nothing Like A Restart

join:2001-01-03
Milpitas, CA
I can't even search for Google's own Gmail.com!
neftv

join:2000-10-01
Broomall, PA

WOW

Imagine if the person or company that invented this virus put their talent to something real useful.

Andrew J
Premium
join:2001-11-09
Lancaster, PA
Reviews:
·Comcast

Re: WOW

said by neftv:
Imagine if the person or company that invented this virus put their talent to something real useful.

I agree! There's got to be a lot of opportunities for 14 year old eastern block misfits.
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If you give a little they give a lot.

BonezX
Basement Dweller
Premium
join:2004-04-13
Canada
kudos:1

jeez

with all these coders making viruses you would think we could have a completely stable os, or a 100% uptime server, or even a low bandwidth videophone program, but these "coders" have nothing better to do then make viruses.
BosstonesOwn

join:2002-12-15
Wakefield, MA
Reviews:
·Verizon FiOS

Re: jeez

Id like to see the numbers on how many are out of work IT workers trying to seek revenge on the people who fired them

Then again one has to wonder how many are just script kiddies with ideas and barely enough brains to morph a virus into a semi sized problem.
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This package does not contain a winner...

Improfane

join:2003-12-05
kudos:1
I think you just stated the impossible.
jeffbrantley

join:2000-03-24
Ballwin, MO
With a virus, you don't have to put a lot of time into it. If there is a bug, big deal! No one is using it for anything but what you want it to do.

While the code used these worms and virii isn't altogether lame, it isn't brilliant either. How much brainpower would it take to write a worm that causes all printers available to print 1000 pages with lines of gibberish? Nothing close to what it takes to create a program that analyzes the results from tests of quantum theory.

These virus writers just attempt to exploit the fruits of the real innovators. If half of the world's software/technology innovators turned evil and worked together to create worms and virii, the information superhighway would be permanently destroyed within days.

Most of the time virus writers put into their product is how to sneak it past the end user. I'm sure it took a REAL genius to figure out that you could make a lot of people open an otherwise suspicious email by labeling the attachment Anna Kournikova. Gee how did they come up with that gem!
rengaw03

join:2002-09-13
Spokane, WA

Re: jeez

said by jeffbrantley:
How much brainpower would it take to write a worm that causes all printers available to print 1000 pages with lines of gibberish? Nothing close to what it takes to create a program that analyzes the results from tests of quantum theory.
$ftp hp-printer.target.com
$put /dev/urandom
djlimon
Premium
join:2004-02-23
Montebello, CA

I can't search for nothing....

I typed "toothpaste" in the search field and got the error...So I typed "help me brush me teef" and got the error again.

icex
Premium
join:2004-05-22
USA
Reviews:
·Frontier Communi..

Re: I can't search for nothing....

said by djlimon:
I typed "toothpaste" in the search field and got the error...So I typed "help me brush me teef" and got the error again.

works for me

»www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&···G=Search
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Anonymous
Premium
join:2004-06-01
IA
kudos:2

Re: I can't search for nothing....

Google is working fine...

leXicon5
Pelosi, SHUT YOUR Fing Pie Hole
Premium
join:2000-12-27
Saint Louis, MO

Re: I can't search for nothing....

said by Anonymous:
Google is working fine...

Now....
Wasn't for over an hour...
Sunburn

join:2000-10-05
Denver, CO
said by Anonymous:
Google is working fine...

You fail to see the point. It is not working fine for everybody.....

P Ness
You'Ve Forgotten 9-11 Already
Premium
join:2001-08-29
way way out

$130 Share IPO price at Fault?

Maybe someone did not like or could not afford the IPO?

MNeedham739
Proud To Be A Navy Veteran
Premium
join:2003-07-20
Antioch, IL

Going insane...

Fun day to be a Desktop Support tech, I know that much

r81984
Fair and Balanced
Premium
join:2001-11-14
Katy, TX

Google

Google is just blocking any search with both the word "email" and a "." in them.

Piobaireachd
Happy Halloween
Premium
join:2000-09-21
Port Orchard, WA

Isn't Google *nix?

I thought Google used a flavor of *nix. I'm assuming the new Mydoom variant is actually doing a DDOS rather that an attack on the server itself.

POB
Res Firma Mitescere Nescit
Premium
join:2003-02-13
Stepford, CA

Cry Me A River

And this happened on the day of Google's IPO. Coincidence I'm sure.

TheMadSwede
Premium
join:2001-01-30
Holland, MI

For each...

..."me too" and "it works for me" post I read, I slapped myself across the face and shook my head violently, just trying to comprehend why someone would actually post that.

Granted, this post is almost as useless as those. But at least the point of this post is to point out how pointless those posts are.
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A good idea expressed in a poor manner is a bad idea.