The worm eventually gained the name Mydoom, courtesy of a McAfee employee who was one of the first to discover the virus.
Mydoom has resurfaced intermittently since then, and a variation on the worm was a part of the 2009 cyberattacks on South Korea. The original author of the worm has never been found, but security firms have speculated that it was commissioned by e-mail spammers and that it originated in Russia.
Year: Reported in 2007
Predicted outcome: Hackers on steroids, "The Internet Hate Machine"
Actual outcome: Porn on YouTube, DDoS attacks on Scientology
In 2007, KTTV Fox 11 News in Los Angeles ran a sensational report about a group called Anonymous. According to the KTTV report, this "Internet hate machine" was to be feared for such devastating crimes as spoiling the end of the new Harry Potter book. The report was rife with creepy, faceless pictures and lurid phrases such as "hackers on steroids" and "domestic terrorists."
Unfortunately, KTTV's fantastic report was wrong: Anonymous is not a specific group at all, just a name for any random collection of users from various online communities and IRC networks working together (rather, in the same direction) at any given time. Wired has more accurately described Anonymous as a group of "supremely bored 15-year-olds."
Crimes--Internet annoyances, really--that have been attributed to Anonymous include DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks on various Websites (including that of the Church of Scientology, and, more recently, Websites that withdrew support from WikiLeaks) and assorted cases of Internet vigilantism.
5. RFID Tracking