Definition[edit | edit source]

MyDoom (also known as W32.MyDoom@mm, Novarg, Mimail.R and Shimgapi) is a computer worm affecting Microsoft Windows.

Overview[edit | edit source]

It was first sighted on January 26, 2004. It became the fastest-spreading e-mail worm ever, exceeding previous records set by the Sobig worm.[1]

MyDoom appears to have been commissioned by e-mail spammers so as to send junk e-mail through infected computers.[2]

The worm contains the text message “andy; I'm just doing my job, nothing personal, sorry,” leading many to believe that the worm's creator was paid. Early on, several security firms expressed their belief that the worm originated from a programmer in Russia.[3] The actual author of the worm is unknown.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Security firm: MyDoom worm fastest yet," (Jan. 28, 2004) (full-text).
  2. Tiernan Ray, "E-mail viruses blamed as spam rises sharply," Seattle Times (Feb. 18, 2004) (full-text).
  3. "Virulent MyDoom computer virus created in Russia," St. Petersburg Times (full-text).

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