Uninformed: Informative Information for the Uninformed

Vol 1» 2005.May

Peer to Peer

The peer to peer worm is quite similar to the mail worm; it's all about social engineering. Users hunting for the latest mp3s or pictures of their most beloved celebrity find similarly named programs and scripts, trying to deceive the user to download and execute them. Once active on the users system, the malcode will make sure it's being hosted by the users p2p application to spread further. Even if downloaded, host based anti-virus scanners with recent signatures will catch most of these programs before they can be run.