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Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

Soulskill posted about 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) | about 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) | about 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) | about 5 years ago | (#27416539)

No more biased than any of the other stations.

They all have agendas.

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

Cornwallis (1188489) | about 5 years ago | (#27415927)

Bullshit

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

Anthony_Cargile (1336739) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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 | about 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)

yincrash (854885) | about 5 years ago | (#27416007)

how exactly would an atm become infected with conficker?

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

mweather (1089505) | about 5 years ago | (#27416029)

They run Windows.

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

Em Emalb (452530) | about 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) | about 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 | about 5 years ago | (#27416583)

I saw the same at a Postomat in Rome.

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

Canazza (1428553) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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 | about 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) | about 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 | about 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) | about 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... (1)

bFusion (1433853) | about 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 | about 5 years ago | (#27415939)

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

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

jollyreaper (513215) | about 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) | about 5 years ago | (#27415973)

What if the Singularity went down today?

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

JustOK (667959) | about 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) | about 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 | about 5 years ago | (#27416479)

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

Sir_Lewk (967686) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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?

Oh, dear. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 years ago | (#27415993)

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

This just in... (5, Funny)

Bruiser80 (1179083) | about 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"

100 Krona Buys lots of Bumwine (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 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.

Genius (5, Insightful)

MyLongNickName (822545) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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!

Almost there, keep trying (1)

Leafheart (1120885) | about 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.

OMG (0, Redundant)

Barny (103770) | about 5 years ago | (#27416065)

ITS IN MUH BRAIN!

Re:OMG (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 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.

stripperbots need love too. (2, Funny)

kallisti5 (1321143) | about 5 years ago | (#27416075)

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

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

powerlord (28156) | about 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 | about 5 years ago | (#27416125)

yeah. getting accomplishment(?)

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

wiredog (43288) | about 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 | about 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) | about 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?

Not funny... (2, Insightful)

bigdavesmith (928732) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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 | about 5 years ago | (#27416455)

I wonder if the installations are Vista Ready.

The Best April Fools Joke (3, Insightful)

gurutc (613652) | about 5 years ago | (#27416357)

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

Oh no.... (1)

unr3a1 (1264666) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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 | about 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) | about 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) | about 5 years ago | (#27416511)

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

RTA : April Fools (1)

Davemania (580154) | about 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 | about 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) | about 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) | about 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) | about 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!

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