Some more on why MyDoom is the fastest ever

by Anton Chuvakin

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As I wrote in my last blog entry, I am amazed why the MyDoom worm is the "fastest ever" if it requires users to manually infect themselves. This article provides some insights, but I still think the mystery largely remains. The main claim there seems to be the "social engineering" aspect, but I still find it hard to believe that many users love clicking on obscure system-looking attachments with binary files... The fact of using Kazaa also doesn't seem to be a major driver as it requires users to run the file manually.