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The Daily Poetry Movement

People sometimes tell me they write very bad poetry. Great, I say, I would like to see it. Sometimes really bad poetry can be soooo fun. Some people like to write bad poetry, can you believe it? Others like to steal elections instead of books. I say hacktivate before its too late!
Embedded Poem

Unique people make unique things
That things stay beyond the normal life and common understanding
The problem is that people don't understand such wild things,
Like a man did never understand the wild life

- A Viscious Bagle Worm

April 27, 2004

Hackers Embed Poetry in Malicious Worm

The author of the Bagle worm apparently has a softer side, security experts said Tuesday as their analysis uncovered -- believe it or not -- a poem embedded in most recent variant, which went wild on Monday.
Bagle.z -- but dubbed Bagle.w by some -- spread quickly enough Monday to cause most anti-virus firms to bump up their threat levels to "medium" or the equivalent, but it didn't seem to be spreading as fast Tuesday, said Craig Schmulgar with Network Associate's AVERT team.
"Unlike the Netskys, Bagles have tended to die out pretty quickly," said Schmulgar. "We're already seeing a decrease in numbers from yesterday."
The Bagle author -- Schmulgar's convinced that only one person is putting out this line of worms; Netsky, on the other hand, is likely the work of several hackers, since its source code has been released -- took the time to tuck a poem into the attached payload.
"There is some text in the payload," confirmed Schmulgar, "but this time it's a little more obscure."
No kidding. Here's the poetry that Bagle.z contains:
Unique people make unique things That things stay beyond the normal life and common understanding The problem is that people don't understand such wild things, Like a man did never understand the wild life
Walt Whitman? Not quite.
But it's another round in the back-and-forth between Netsky's creators and the Bagle author. In the past, the worms' writers have traded barbs and trash talk, while Netsky's makers have sworn to keep up their work as long as new Bagles continue to appear.
According to analysis by F-Secure, Bagle.z takes a different tack to blast Netsky, for it includes code that disables a range of Netsky's startup keys in the Windows registry, essentially killing it on the compromised system.
Bagle.z spreads via e-mail and by infecting network shared folders with the substring "shar" in their names. Its payload can be disguised with the file extensions .com, .exe, .scr, and .cpl, as well as within .zip archives.
"It does have a slight twist on earlier Bagles," said Schmulgar, "since it can also use a script within a .vbs file to drop in the executable."
Bagle.z can be spotted by the three-cherry icon -- similar to what's shown on slot machines -- that marks the attached file. It also attempts to disable a number of anti-virus, firewall, and security software it finds running on the target system, including products from Zone Alarm, Symantec, and Network Associates.

Attaching a poem to a virus is not a new technique. In the early 1980s, what is believed to be the first Apple II virus displayed a poem every 50th time the infected computer started up.

Every 50th use, the virus would cause the screen to go blank, allowing Skrenta's* poem to appear:
Elk Cloner: The program with a personality

It will get on all your disks
It will infiltrate your chips
Yes it's Cloner!

It will stick to you like glue
It will modify ram too
Send in the Cloner!

* now he edit's a corpy news site and is ceo and cofounder of the lies site  http://www.topix.net/


The Virus called Poem
Displayed this poem:

"Void - Composed by Marvin Giskard for T....
In a field a million buds stood, Over them a million days came - a day a bud - opening up one by one with their directed light. But one didn't do as others did, It waited for only your loving rays to shine upon it to open its pedals revealing the pure beauty of its sincere love. Never being unfaithful to its dream of the day of your light, Forced to resist any other light but yours - because of it - until the day the brilliance of your life sustaining light shines it will be there : wanting, wishing, waiting. Many were the buds you rather shined upon opening them - revealing their phony colours. I willed your light onto me but others you tried instead, No subtle motion reached you, still I refused other's light - holding out for you - Even when your light will fade, Not having found one to do your light justice, mine will still be there : wanting, wishing, waiting.
22 Nov - 21 Dec"

Krivmous Virus

"There was a crooked man, and he went a crooked mile, He found a crooked sixpence against a crooked stile, He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse, And they all lived together in a little crooked house."

10 February 2000
Viruses go Haiku!
A new computer virus shows its creative touch - by generating random Haiku poetry when it infects computers.
Haiku is an ancient form of Japanese poetry in which the sounds and rhythms of words are more important than the words themselves. The W32/Haiku virus, written by Sandman of the 29A virus-writing gang, uses a table of different words to display a different Haiku everytime it is run.
W32/Haiku is not in the wild, and has not been seen at any customer sites. As such Sophos anti-virus researchers do not believe it currently poses a significant threat. Detection of the virus will be included in Sophos Anti-Virus version 3.32.
Although Haiku can be considered a genuine art form, viruses cause real harm to the data of individuals and corporations.
For the full description of W32/Haiku please read the Sophos analysis below.
W32/Haiku virus analysis
W32/Haiku is an email-aware worm that forwards itself to any email addresses it find in files on the hard disk.
The worm forwards itself as an attachment called haiku.exe. The subject of the message is "Fw: Compose your own haikus!" and the message body:


----- Original Message -----
Old pond...
a frog leaps in
water's sound."
Matsuo Basho.


Haiku is a small poetry with oriental metric that appeared in the
XVI century and is being very popular, mainly in Japan and the

It's done to trascend the limitation imposed by the usual language
and the linear/scientific thinking that treat the nature and the
human being as a machine.

It usually has 3 lines and 17 syllables distributed in 5, 7 and 5.
It must register or indicate a moment, sensation, impression or
drama of a specific fact of nature. It's almost like a photo of
some specific moment of nature.

More than inspiration, what you need in order to compose a real
haiku is meditation, effort and perception.


Now you can! it is very easy to get started in this old poetry
art. Attached to this e-mail you will find a copy of a simple
haiku generator. It will help you in order to understand the
basics of the metric, rhyme and subjects which should be used
when composing a real haiku... just check it out! it's freeware
and you can use and spread it as long as you want!

When the worm is run it will copy itself to HaikuG.exe in the Windows directory and modify WIN.INI to to ensure that it is run each time Windows is started. A randomly generated piece of poetry is displayed in a message box with the title of "Haiku Generator".

The Haiku displayed is generated randomly from the following list of words:
bridge, light, sea, fish, butterfly, foghorn, day, moon, evening, spring, sunset, boat, petal, blossom, stone, mist, passage, darkness, dolphin, ant, shadow, star, frost, cicada, wind, garden, orchard, chestnut, forest, leaf, sun, winter, autumn, summer, morning, tree, branch, smoke, grape, rainbow, blackness, shade, edge, snowflake, raindrop, starling, stem, charcoal, silence, flurry, trunk, gnat, pear, strawberry, breeze, grass, silence, worm, solstice, rain, cauliflower, dawn, fire, splinter, cedar, skyline, mushroom, foam, roar, child, reflected, calm, distant, small, shifting, long, overlooking, delicate, tiny, colorful, silent, noisy, faint, bruised, plucked, ripening, swollen, dark, new, old, brittle, steaming, decaying, single, wet, bare, bright, cold, heavy, purplish, fleeting, smooth, pale, imprisoned, lightning, frozen, cupped, dewy, shriveled, fiery, hunkered, stirring, chattering, misshapen, taut, matted, visible, wild, surprising, sudden, trembling, twisting, perfect, flashing, frosted, solemn, rising, lost, loved, this, that, these, those, of, to, with, from, in, on, slowly, calmly, soon, suddenly, eagerly, afterward, slightly, toward, now, the, a, and, or, share, shared, stop, stopped, recall, recalled, drive, drove, chase, chased, contain, contained, return, returned, rise, rose, ripple, rippled, move, moved, fall, fell, hang, hung, miss, missed, catch, caught, start, started, tousle, tousled, pass, passed, pluck, plucked, blind, blinded, crush, crushed, awake, awoke, rattle, rattled, pierce, pierced.
The virus downloads a WAV file called HAIKU.WAV from an internet website, and stores it in the root directory of the C: drive. This WAV file is played and then deleted..