You may not realize it, but you and I are antibodies. Or maybe we're white blood cells. Leukocytes? Killer T cells? I know we're definitely not germs.
I'm talking about yesterday's Twitter worm, which both spread and was contained very quickly due to the viral nature of that network. Apparently Twitter users are not merely part of the problem, they're also part of the solution, biologically speaking.
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The remarkable speed with which several worms spread on Twitter on Tuesday may have sent opportunistic spammers scurrying to exploit a quickly patched vulnerability, but cyber criminals looking for ways to hijack PCs essentially steered clear.
"Social networks have built-in antibodies...their users," said Sean Sullivan of the Finnish security company F-Secure. "Compare the Twitter attack to a malicious attack of yesteryear that took weeks or even months to develop. This peaked and ebbed in two and a half hours," Sullivan said.