Feb 15 2008
The article isn’t clear on how the worms will secure their network, but I don’t believe this is the best way to solve the problem that’s being expressed. The problem being solved here appears to be one of network traffic spikes caused by the download of patches. We already have a widely used protocols that solve this problem, bittorrents and P2P programs. So why create a potentially hazardous situation using worms when a better solution already exists. Yes, torrents can be subverted too, but these are problems that we’re a lot closer to solving than what’s being suggested.
I don’t want something that’s viral infecting my computer, whether it’s for my benefit or not. The behavior isn’t something to be encouraged. Maybe there’s a whole lot more to the paper, which hasn’t been released yet, but I’m not comfortable with the basic idea being suggested. Worm wars are not the way to secure the network.