David Kirkpatrick

April 1, 2009

Conficker bust?

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 3:08 pm

The end of the internet as we know it? Not so much. Maybe the black hats responsible for the worm got cold feet after Microsoft put a quarter million dollar bounty on their head.

From the link:

Malicious software installed on millions of computers has yet to wreak havoc on technology systems worldwide as some fear, but researchers warned that the “Conficker worm” could still strike in the future.

Also known as Downadup or Kido, Conficker turns infected PCs into slaves that respond to commands sent from a remote server that effectively controls an army of slave computers.

Researchers feared that the network created by Conficker might be deployed on Wednesday for the first time since the worm surfaced last year because its code suggested it would seek to communicate with its master server on April 1.

They formed an industry-wide task force to fight the worm, bringing widespread attention that experts said probably scared off the criminals who command the army of slave computers, known as a botnet.

“The Conficker-infected machines attempted to call home to get new commands from their master but those calls went unanswered,” said Joris Evers, spokesman for security software maker McAfee Inc.

2 Comments »

  1. Ah, the paranoia industry is still at it! Loads of money to be made so long as you write antivirus software and prop up what’s left of Microsoft’s decaying reign … Top tip: Go Linux!

    Comment by On the Money — April 1, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

  2. a potentially good thing that has resulted from the Conficker scare is an overall heightened awareness of PC security

    Comment by coffee maker — April 4, 2009 @ 1:57 am


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