Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Virtual Worms in Second Life!

The online world of Second Life suffered a massive attack of self-replicating objects, a class of threats dubbed "grey goo," which slowed down servers over the weekend. On Sunday afternoon, the company took down the virtual world to clean its database of every instance of the digital viruses. The object manifested themselves in-world as golden rings--a nod to the objects collected by Sonic the Hedgehodge in Sega's popular video games, according to several posts on the Second Life forums. The massive attack marked the third time since September that the world created by San Francisco-based Linden Lab got overrun by quickly reproducing digital objects. The term "grey goo" comes from a hypothetical threat of nanotechnology: A self-replicating nanobot could consume the Earth's resources, transforming the world into a giant blob of grey goo. Some biotechnologists have warned about tailored viruses that could have a similar, but limited, effect. Maybe it's time to create a virtual Anti-malware product inside Second Life... BTW here's a video, showing the symptoms of the "Grey Goo" ring attack on the Second Life online multiplayer game last weekend. Let's hope my Second Life (-form) will be safe in the future.