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Enjoy this free cybersecurity quiz for Halloween!1) Mydoom. The nickname was assigned by security researcher Craig Schmugar, who noticed the text snippet “mydom” in the worm’s code.


2) ASTRA. Though news organizations, at the time of his arrest, identified the hacker ASTRA as a 58-year-old Greek mathematician, his full identity was never disclosed. In Hindu mythology, the word “astra” refers to a supernatural weapon.


3) ILOVEYOU. The worm was created by then-24-year-old Filipino college student Onel de Guzman.


4) Jonathan James. James, the first juvenile to be incarcerated for cybercrime in the United States, committed suicide at age 24 shortly after being investigated in connection with a large-scale hack of department store chain TJX.


5) 75,000. It is estimated that SQL Slammer did most of its damage in the first fifteen minutes after it appeared.


6) David Scott Lewis. Though Kevin Mitnick is sometimes said to have inspired the movie by hacking NORAD computers in real life (something Mitnick says he never actually did), screenwriters Lawrence Lasker and Walter F. Parkes met and interviewed Lewis while developing the script for the movie.


7) Storm Worm. The name comes from one of the click-baiting e-mail subject lines: “230 dead as storm batters Europe.” Just three days after its initial appearance (on Jan. 19, 2007), the Storm Worm accounted for 8 percent of all malware infections worldwide.


8) Welchia. This “helpful” worm, sometimes also called the “Nachi worm,” first appeared in the aftermath of  a wave of destruction wreaked by the Blaster worm. If Welchia detects Blaster on a system it has infected, it deletes Blaster and then attempts to download and install Microsoft security patches. Welchia was even designed to include a self-removal mechanism.


9) John McAfee. Pioneering cybersecurity researcher McAfee, who launched McAfee Associates in 1987, did not win the Libertarian nomination in 2016. In 2018, he announced his bid to become the 2020 presidential nominee of the Libertarian Party, but was unsuccessful a second time.


10) Acid Burn, also known as Kate Libby, is a character in the 1995 film Hackers, played by Angelina Jolie.