I quote Bruce Schneier from his wired blog Security Matters goes into greater detail about the gathering StormBot Threat. I posted a brief riff about this Sept, 9,07 about the DDoS attacks on the the anti-spam, anti-phishing sites that track the activities of the online scammers and spammers, 419Eater and the anti-scam site Scamwarners.
This Bot-Net-Worm coordinated DDoS attack was very sophisticated in both how it went after these sites and why. Bruce Schneier has some excellent research and reveals some possible insight into the root of this attack, and some facts about the techniques of the programmers and social engineers behind the Storm Worm.
“Worms like Storm are written by hackers looking for profit, and they’re different. These worms spread more subtly, without making noise. Symptoms don’t appear immediately, and an infected computer can sit dormant for a long time. If it were a disease, it would be more like syphilis, whose symptoms may be mild or disappear altogether, but which will eventually come back years later and eat your brain.” Link