According to New Zealand computer Scientist Peter Gutman, the Storm Worm Botnet can be classified as one of the world’s top 10 super computers. There are between one and ten million computers infected with the Storm worm. Peter Gutman made his calculations based on combining the number of CPUs and the amount of RAM in the infected PCs. With approximately 1-10 million 2.8GHz P4s and 1-10 Petabytes of RAM the Storm Worm Botnet has access to more computing power than the top 10 supercomputers combined.
The Storm Worm has spread primarily through infected email attachments, video attachments and infected web pages. The most recent being a malicious .exe file on a page titled “Download Tor.” The rootkit that the Storm Worm installs makes it all but impossible to remove from an infected PC. If you have been infected with the Storm Worm, the easiest means for removal is a fresh installation of Windows.
It should be noted, that the top 10 supercomputers are always on and optimized for performance. Computers in the Storm Worm Botnet do go offline from time to time making the amount of CPUs and RAM at its disposal sporadic. What Peter Gutman’s calculations do show, however, is the growing menace that the Storm Worm has become.