The Internet has now become the basis of a war of words and worms between virus writers, who are unleashing virus variants to eat one another’s work and spread to more computers. The exchange among virus writers and the release of several variants taking part in the battle — different versions of the Netsky, Bagle and Mydoom worms — does not involve particularly damaging or malicious code, but it is causing chaos, according to virus fighters. The spate of variants has been a burden on the security community. “It’s a huge drain on our resources and on the energy of administrators managing networks and computers and securing the Internet,” Jimmy Kuo, McAfee, said. “It’s keeping us all at our terminals. It’s just a very draining affair.” Ken Dunham, iDefense director of malicious code, told TechNewsWorld that the variants — which he described as trivial to create — all are targeting easy-to-infect computers to try to outdo one another. Source: TechNewsWorld, www.technewsworld.com/perl/story/33042.html.