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The ‘ole Conficker worm still infecting PCs years later - FransComputerServices Blog

 

‘Obstinate’ Conficker worm infests millions of PCs years later

By Gregg Keizer, Computerworld

Suppressed botnet has 7M Windows machines in its grip three years after it first appeared

And Mac users thought they had it bad with their Flashback, which is not good, so don’t get me wrong here. But Apple should be watching closely situations like Conficker worm/botnet. What’s that old saying? But by the grace of God go I? or something like that.

 

Of course this is one of the most widespread botnets to hit Windows PCs, but still, it’s only one of many that are out there for PCs. And although Microsoft made similar mistakes as Apple in regard to malware/viruses/botnets initially, they made up for it in time. They even put out their own antivirus/antimalware program – Microsoft Security Essentials for free to home users to help protect their users. But even with their experience with these things for many years and learning from their mistakes, there is this…

Concern about Conficker reached a crescendo when the mainstream media, including major television networks, reported that the worm would update itself on April 1, 2009. Because of the size of the Conficker botnet — estimates ran as high as 12 million at that point — and other mysteries, hype ran at fever pitch.

It also urged all Windows users to ensure they have applied the pertinent patch —
MS08-067
— and for Windows XP and Vista machines, the March update that
disables AutoRun
.

Much more in the 2 page article.

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V.T. Eric Layton

Wow! Do you have any idea what a 7,000,000 machine botnet would sell for on the hacker black market? Hundreds of thousands of dollars!

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goretsky

Hello,

 

Here is a blog post I wrote last year on Conficker at work. While it is not exactly new, neither is the worm. This is one case where the criminal organization behind a piece of malware really outsmarted themselves—this worm is so notorious that the moment the authors would try to update it, send it a command, etc, that the anti-malware community (through the Conficker Working Group and other outlets) would respond in a frenzy, and it is extremely unlikely the police in the authors' home country (or countries) could ignore the outcry.

 

Regards,

 

Aryeh Goretsky

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Temmu

yet, what outcry?

obviously, the masses don't care to learn about their pc's security.

why does my pc run so slow? i don't know. so, no reason for outcry.

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Guest LilBambi

It comes up on them so slowly many times ... they just forget how well the computer worked initially! They just don't realize it could be because of some malware.

 

 

Education! That's the key!

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Temmu

true, but my point is that most don't want to know.

that is why ms gave us ms sec essentials, and ie9, besides inundating us with patches.

 

i truly can see someone resurrecting an old bot net for fun and profit.

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I doubt the Conficker could do much harm now-a-days as all the anti-virii vendors have had attack code for it for quite some time (as Aryeh noted)

BUTand there is always a BUT :devil:

I can definitely see how the worm can keep on living until the criminals figure out how to mask the commands. Referring back to an old thread pre-pretification days - someone (re-)installing XP SP1 and not having the patience to spend 15 hours updating the patches and accessories!

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Guest LilBambi

You are right crp! When reinstalling Windows these days, you have to have SP1, SP2, SP3 as needed available locally before it ever touches the Internet. You can't get the updates fast enough. It's like the old Blaster days.

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ross549

You are right crp! When reinstalling Windows these days, you have to have SP1, SP2, SP3 as needed available locally before it ever touches the Internet. You can't get the updates fast enough. It's like the old Blaster days.

 

Even if you are sitting behind a firewall? I just reloaded an XP machine last week from SP2, and while there were 148 updates to do, including SP3, it seemed to go just fine. MSE was installed and worked fine.

 

Adam

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