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Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

Soulskill posted more than 5 years ago | from the be-on-the-lookout dept.

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Nieriko writes "Reports are trickling in about the impact from the Conficker worm, as infected systems passed zero hour at midnight and began downloading additional malicious components. Here are a couple of the more notable incidents caused by Conficker so far, according to published reports: — '... shortly after midnight local time, an ATM in the capital city of Reykjavik began spewing 100-Krona notes. ... A nuclear missile installation near Elmendorf Air force Base outside of Anchorage, Alaska briefly went on a full-scale military alert after technicians manning the bunker suspected that several of their control systems were infected with Conficker.'"

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I think its infected my car. (5, Funny)

SuperBry (1242668) | more than 5 years ago | (#27415917)

All my radio stations were switched to fox news radio.

Re:I think its infected my car. (5, Funny)

niskel (805204) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416291)

They just want to make sure you become a properly informed citizen from a reliable and unbiased source!

Re:I think its infected my car. (5, Informative)

gollito (980620) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416539)

No more biased than any of the other stations.

They all have agendas.

Re:I think its infected my car. (1, Funny)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416473)

Sorry, that's just a symptom of your, severe, brain damage.

Yeah, April Fools... (0, Troll)

Cornwallis (1188489) | more than 5 years ago | (#27415927)

Bullshit

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (4, Insightful)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#27415987)

I hope so, otherwise this is Wargames meets reality. If this is a joke, I didn't laugh because I've been watching this ConFlickr worm closely ever since seeing it in action.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (2, Informative)

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416057)

From TFA:

In case you haven't guessed it yet, APRIL FOOLS!!! Seriously, if we get any real news about outages, deaths, or disruptions actually caused by Conficker today, you will read it here first.

Nevermind, nevermind. 'Twas a good prank.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (5, Funny)

Critical Facilities (850111) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416223)

I've been watching this ConFlickr worm closely

Take note everyone, this is a variant of the Conficker worm, though much more nefarious. According to preliminary reports, it will harness the power of infected, "zombie" computers to flood the internet with pretty pictures of butterflies, ponies, and various other graphic files. The only sure-fire way to protect yourselves is to do a 'search' on your PC for any file with the .JPG extension and delete it.

Hurry, there is precious little time left. The end is pretty frickin' nigh.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (5, Funny)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416395)

Can you help me? I was able to get rid of all .jpg files on my computer but one. I tried to delete ur_mom_traffic_cone_howdidshedothat.jpg but it won't let me.

Says "Access denied: this file is in use and cannot be deleted"

The only things I have running right now are WoW, BT, OOo, Thunderbird, Outlook, Pine, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, 9 VMWare sessions, DreamWeaver and Photoshop.

HELP!

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (5, Funny)

Clipless (1432977) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416509)

Did you try restarting your computer 3 times? That is what the tech guys at work always tell me to do.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416463)

I've been watching this ConFlickr worm closely

Take note everyone, this is a variant of the Conficker worm, though much more nefarious. According to preliminary reports, it will harness the power of infected, "zombie" computers to flood the internet with pretty pictures of butterflies, ponies,

YES!!! OmG PoN1eS!!!!!!11!1!1

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (1)

Daimanta (1140543) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416433)

It is a joke, they are apparently using computers with Windows if it is true.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (1)

ijakings (982830) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416471)

Good old april fools stories.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (1)

yincrash (854885) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416007)

how exactly would an atm become infected with conficker?

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (4, Funny)

mweather (1089505) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416029)

They run Windows.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (5, Informative)

Em Emalb (452530) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416221)

Really? I could have sworn the ATM I saw a while back sitting in an "altered" state was running a customized version of OS2.

A while back = a couple years though, so I could see it...

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (4, Interesting)

h4rm0ny (722443) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416435)


I saw a crashed ATM in the UK some years ago that appeared to be running either NT or Windows 2000. Something from around that era, anyway. It was pretty disturbing to see a floating "illegal operation" dialog box on a screen I had previously assumed was some simple and secure dedicated system.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416583)

I saw the same at a Postomat in Rome.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (2, Informative)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416461)

A fair few ATMS in the UK run Windows. I've seen RBS, HBOS, Lloyds TSB and Abbey with Windows Error boxes/BSODs/Loading Screens. It's not totally uncommon.
Also, Here [lmgtfy.com]

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (2, Informative)

Zerth (26112) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416467)

Many, if not most, do run OS2. But some newer ATMs, especially those by new manufacturers, use windows.

A russian ATM [therawfeed.com] with a "You haven't activated yet" error message.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (1)

GameMaster (148118) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416535)

While this is an April Fools joke, many ATMs, really, do run on Windows. I've seen a number of screenshots of crashed ATMs that either give a bluescreen or crash out to the desktop.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (1)

RendonWI (958388) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416061)

I know no one RTFA's but come in, the article linked says it is an april fools joke.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416371)

I know no one RTFA's but come in,

I'm in. Now what.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (1)

adder (3667) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416087)

Fairly obvious, esp. since TFA even states it's an April Fool's joke at the bottom of TFA.

Oh, but I broke the "Don't RTFA" rule >_>

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416121)

I think the April fool is that Slashdot has turned into Digg for a day with lame april fools articles.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (0)

LurkerXXX (667952) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416301)

Slashdot is lame every year on April fools day.

This is nothing new. At least we don't have to deal with that moronic 'OMG ponies' theme this year.

Time to tune out for the day and come back tomorrow when there might actually be 'news for nerds' instead of 'omgdz, we are as cool as the onion' idiocy from the so-called editors.

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (0)

Fungii (153063) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416135)

OMFGZREALLY??!

Re:Yeah, April Fools... (1)

bFusion (1433853) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416327)

>> Banking officials there reportedly said the Microsoft Windows-based based bank system began disbursing the bills after a local prankster crammed an infected USB stick into the maw of the teller machine.

Hah, if only that really worked.

ATM (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27415939)

Why does MY local ATM never spew out 100 euro notes? :(

Re:ATM (5, Funny)

Kentaree (1078787) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416071)

Because you live outside the euro zone?

Re:ATM (1)

david_thornley (598059) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416551)

I'd be amazed if mine did. I never see a 100 Euro note around here. Heck, I rarely see more than a $20 bill.

Re:ATM (3, Funny)

Robmonster (158873) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416559)

It does, it just debits them from your account like normal.

The damndest thing with these stories today (5, Insightful)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 5 years ago | (#27415951)

It's so hard to tell which ones are too stupid to be true and so stupid they probably are true.

Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (2)

Sybert42 (1309493) | more than 5 years ago | (#27415973)

What if the Singularity went down today?

Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (2, Interesting)

JustOK (667959) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416141)

mebbe it did, and we'll just keep repeating this day over and over again, ending in destruction an infinite number of times, and we won't even know enough to say, "Oh no, not again."

Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (1)

rilles (1153657) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416039)

All Your Base Are Mine! s/(base)*/mine/g

Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416479)

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Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (4, Informative)

Sir_Lewk (967686) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416225)

From the article:

In case you haven't guessed it yet, APRIL FOOLS!!! Seriously, if we get any real news about outages, deaths, or disruptions actually caused by Conficker today, you will read it here first.

Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (2, Funny)

Cristofori42 (1001206) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416409)

Yeah but since a large percentage of the community (let's go with 84.3%) doesn't R the FA then most of us will never know. But of course since there are so many informative people like you who post the stuff we care about then I guess it's a moot point.

Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (2, Insightful)

Stan Vassilev (939229) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416231)

It's so hard to tell which ones are too stupid to be true and so stupid they probably are true.

Sad reality is Conficker's authors were smart enough to rely on the stupidity of said news publishers.

Disinformation with zero effort, for nearly 48 hours, who wouldn't want to launch their malicious plan on this very day?

Re:The damndest thing with these stories today (1)

kirbysuperstar (1198939) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416413)

C'mon, that's half the fun.

Oh, dear. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27415993)

Have the rent-a-cops at Redmond made sure to bolt the furniture down?

100 króna notes? (1)

VMaN (164134) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416001)

those are worth around 80c, i call shens

This just in... (5, Funny)

Bruiser80 (1179083) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416003)

The true nature of the worm has been discovered. Slashdot will be simultaneously accessed by all the infected computers, making Slashdot.org succumb to its own "slashdot effect"

Re:This just in... (1)

ControversialMatt (1070718) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416093)

I figured it'd just DDoS 4chan....again.

Re:This just in... (4, Funny)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416399)

While 4chan dying sounds like a good thing it isn't, Conficker won't actually kill 4chan users so it will only scatter them, spreading the corruption across the internet.

Re:This just in... (1)

darcling (987237) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416109)

Wait, Slashdotting Slashdot?! That's more of a threat to the world than the LHC...

100 Krona Buys lots of Bumwine (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416015)

an ATM in the capital city of Reykjavik began spewing 100-Krona notes

The bums of the earth collectively curse their luck that they were not in Reykjavik at the stroke of midnight to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course, any bums living in Reykjavik would long since have turned to popsicles so the scenario is probably hypothetical and moot.

Achievement (0)

zalle (637380) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416031)

Do I get one for posting in this thread?

Re:Achievement (1)

Icegryphon (715550) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416379)

No but you might get one for bumping up Mootykins [time.com] with a vote.

Genius (5, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416037)

Whoever set this virus up was smart to have things happen on April 1st. I never know if these reports are real or someone is making a joke.

Re:Genius (2, Funny)

schklerg (1130369) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416187)

I think the April 1 code that has been so brilliantly discovered may simply be nothing more than a ruse, but as you say, on April 1 it will be tough to tell. And I HATE having mod points on this day of the calendar!

Re:Genius (1)

Bruiser80 (1179083) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416579)

Truly genius. It puts fixing the virus off another day, because nobody will believe the "install this patch from Microsoft" news today.

Maybe a full day is all it needs to take over the world! Mwa ha ha!

Me too (1)

Senator24 (1505201) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416041)

Weird! My radio lost all of its FM/AM pre-sets. It also killed my battery somehow.

Almost there, keep trying (1)

Leafheart (1120885) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416049)

Almost worked. There were a few nice parts, but the disclaimer were too over the top, and the thing about Big Ben even more unbeliveable than the oen about Alaska. And if they wanted a game joke, they could have worked better on the Leroy character.

OMGPONIES, I'm meta-moderating April's Fools articles. That's a low blow in my life.

Related Conficker Incident ... (5, Funny)

xmas2003 (739875) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416053)

Rick Astly passes away - rolls over in his grave. [wikipedia.org]

Re:Related Conficker Incident ... (5, Funny)

dmneoblade (848781) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416527)

But... he said he'd never run around or desert me. The liar!

April Fools! (1)

Alfthemack (17146) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416063)

Yeah, right... ATMs spewing money in the street due to a Windows worm. Nice.

Re:April Fools! (2, Informative)

Nos. (179609) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416285)

A lot of ATMs run Windows. I know for a fact the RBC (Royal Bank of Canada) do.

OMG (0, Redundant)

Barny (103770) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416065)

ITS IN MUH BRAIN!

Re:OMG (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416381)

The lunatic is in my head

The lunatic is in my head

You raise the blade, you make the change

You re-arrange me till Im sane

You lock the door

And throw away the key

Theres someone in my head but its not me.

Is this the April Fools story? (1)

fprintf (82740) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416069)

Is this the April Fools story so I can get my achievement, as noted in the prior front page story?

Re:Is this the April Fools story? (1)

justanotherlinuxguy (1169913) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416229)

yep. Oh thats one for me too.

stripperbots need love too. (2, Funny)

kallisti5 (1321143) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416075)

...Strippers began gyrating for free lap dances due to cornfliker software malfunctions.

Non-story (1)

Stormcrow309 (590240) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416111)

It is a non-story until my work gets infected.

Re:Non-story (5, Insightful)

flitty (981864) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416373)

Can slashdot PLEASE implement a "-1 Missed the April Fool's Day Joke" Moderation option?

You can tell who actually RTFA ... (3, Informative)

powerlord (28156) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416115)

The end of the Fine Article:

Read on after the jump for more Conficker madness.

In case you haven't guessed it yet, APRIL FOOLS!!! Seriously, if we get any real news about outages, deaths, or disruptions actually caused by Conficker today, you will read it here first.

yeah. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416125)

yeah. getting accomplishment(?)

Local Washington State Radio Reported (2, Funny)

h2okies (1203490) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416129)

That Bill Gates was finally paying out on his email promises...

Re:Local Washington State Radio Reported (1)

Literaryhero (1379743) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416505)

I knew all of my hard work would finally pay off!

Reykjavik (2, Funny)

Norsefire (1494323) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416131)

Having an ATM throwing up 100 Krona notes can't be good for the Icelandic economy.

Spreading quickly (1, Funny)

cha0zmag3 (1521207) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416133)

Its spread to my kids and mutated into the strep throat!

Relax! They've already admitted the DEFCON 3 (1)

wiredog (43288) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416147)

Was the result of missile jockeys who'd had a bit too much coffee. Nothing to do with conficker. Not a Wargames [youtube.com] scenario at all.

In Copenhagen (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416153)

Trafficlights have started to switch color in the opposite order. No impact on trafic so far.

It's already attacking the shoe cupboard here (1)

vorlich (972710) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416157)

All the Manola Blaniks uploaded themselves to the shop! Hey, do I get achievement points for posting here? Can't we twitter this?

Who was fooled? (1)

megamerican (1073936) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416207)

Its April first. Was anyone actually thinking they were serious?

Conficker strikes (2, Funny)

thefear (1011449) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416209)

Changing everyones homepage to a youtube rickroll

Not funny... (2, Insightful)

bigdavesmith (928732) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416267)

There's a difference between a funny april fools joke (see StackOverflow's new Cornify feature) and just being annoying by reporting fake news. I hate to be the downer, but I'd still like to be able to watch /. for good info today. Too bad I guess.

Re:Not funny... (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416425)

I would add that we have to expect Conficker-related news today... or the usual slashdot lag could factor in and we will get itneresting articles in 2 or 3 days.

Re:Not funny... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416565)

Yes, the OMG Ponies theme from years past was awesome. This and other stories today make me lose faith in /. as a nerd-news source.

WHAT? (0)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416343)

A nuclear missile installation near Elmendorf Air force Base outside of Anchorage, Alaska briefly went on a full-scale military alert after technicians manning the bunker suspected that several of their control systems were infected with Conficker.'

Why the **** does the Air Force have critical systems 1) Running a stock commercial OS, and 2) Connected in a way where this sort of infection is even POSSIBLE?

Re:WHAT? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416455)

I wonder if the installations are Vista Ready.

Re:WHAT? (1)

sally_80 (1521289) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416481)

Oh dear - it was done at 2:30pm too - you're meant to April Fools before midday! Ah well - it's a better trick then they tried on the baby site gurgle [gurgle.co.uk] !

The Best April Fools Joke (3, Insightful)

gurutc (613652) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416357)

Would be if Conficker does nothing after all the man-hours spent preparing for it.

Oh no.... (1)

unr3a1 (1264666) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416401)

This is really scary stuff.... I am going to have to watch my wristwatch and make sure that it is not effected by this virus.

How could you be unprepared for this? (1)

dieselpawn (1302503) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416419)

I'm IT Support for 300+ users. Took the 10 minutes to setup the MS patch and deploy for all users. Double checked we are following good practices on our local firewall. Symantec console (garbage) reports 0 incidents so far. Moral? 10 minutes of preparation saves hours.

Re:How could you be unprepared for this? (1)

gurutc (613652) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416493)

In our shop it is also clear how easy the preparation is. The real issue is getting the suits to cut through the memo bs that's a prereq for everything in order to put in the fixes.

Most reports are fake... (1)

Lumpy (12016) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416449)

I loved this one....

Banking officials there reportedly said the Microsoft Windows-based based bank system began disbursing the bills after a local prankster crammed an infected USB stick into the maw of the teller machine.

If your ATM's have usb slots, your bankers need to be killed right now in a giant pyre in the streets.

And can anyone tell me where the MAW of my laptop is?

Suckers... Thank you UNIX! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416475)

All you suckers with WINDOWS.... dont you just love open source OSs? they dont suffer all of the stupidity that windows does!

Meanwhile, on Craigslist... (4, Funny)

spywhere (824072) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416501)

Someone actually shipped a car that was exactly as advertised, and a massage didn't have a happy ending.

Conficker suspected (1)

mseeger (40923) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416511)

My PC became sentient today and filed a Cease and Decist against me rebooting it...

Happened to me too! (1)

anexkahn (935249) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416523)

My car turned into a giant robot and ran away!!!

infected systems (1)

chappel (1069900) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416525)

I heard the conficker virus causes your system to put up first posts on /.

oh crap...

My Probs (1)

tripdizzle (1386273) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416537)

I must be infected. My XP machine is telling me I may be a victim of software counterfeiting.

RTA : April Fools (1)

Davemania (580154) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416549)

If it is obvious enough, read the article, specifically the last few lines. For those that are hiding in their bomb shelters

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#27416555)

From the article:

In Waukesha, Wis., Leroy "Mac" MacElrie, 64, turned himself in to local police, claiming he was the author of the original Conficker worm, and that all of the subsequent versions were mere copycats. According to charging documents, MacElrie said he wrote the worm to get back at Microsoft founder Bill Gates for "not stopping spam by 2008 like he said he would." The man was released on his own recognizance, but several hours later a local television station captured footage of the man standing on a nearby street corner repeatedly shouting "I'm the confickter!"

I knew we would get rid of that reputation as "The land of cow shit and beer farts" some way.

In more news (1)

Bearhouse (1034238) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416557)

The worm infected international banking systems, zeroed all overdrafts for people with a net worth less than 250K USD by netting the amounts against accounts owned by people such as Bill Gates, AIG and banking bonus-receipiants and others. It simultaneously wiped out national debts of the USA and other countries by netting against Chinese and Arab nation sovereign wealth funds.

Wealth previously locked up in secret bank accounts in Switzerland and elsewhere was transferred 50% to GM and other struggling companies, 50% to charities involved in fighting poverty, famine and disease in LDCs.

Unconfirmed reports were received of nuclear facilties in North Korea, Iran, Pakistan and elsewhere 'melting down harmlessly towards the earth's core'...

Damn, wish that was not an April Fool...

Does anybody have any actual news about Conficker? (1)

SleepyHappyDoc (813919) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416561)

April Fool's is fun and all, but I'd really like to know if anything happened.

Wow, I just asked for a dupe, didn't I?

*sigh* (1)

Mantrid (250133) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416567)

I forgot today was don't-bother-going-on-the-internet-day!

Though come to think of it; it's Zero Punctuation day, on April Fool's day. Wonder if we'll get something fun!

Awwwww (1)

Oldyeller89 (1405985) | more than 5 years ago | (#27416575)

Read the article, its all a lie! :(
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