February 02, 2004, 11:34 AM — Worms capable of carrying out simultaneous attacks across a range of operating systems or exploiting multiple vulnerabilities could arrive this year according to Gerhard Eschelbeck, the outspoken CTO of U.S. security specialist Qualys Inc.
Long predicted in doom-laden tones by security experts, such multi-platform 'super-worms' could now be inevitable given the increasing frequency and sophistication of major attacks, he said.
Stopping such an attack would require coordination across a diverse range of systems, making it difficult to counter and potentially devastating for company systems. Likely targets would include Windows, Unix and possibly Linux.
Concern about such a possibility is nothing new but Eschelbeck