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Two Years After Conficker, Are We Still at Risk?

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | more than 3 years ago

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Just over two years ago, the Internet held its breath. The high-profile, widely proliferated Conficker worm had been in the wild from October 2008; its largest mutation was revealed in February 2009, with a widely publicized activation date of April 1, 2009. Security experts fretted that the owner of Conficker could easily overwhelm critical Internet infrastructure. Reports discussed the potential for catastrophe, while security researchers played down the significance of the date.

Two years later, we know that that there hasn't been an unthinkable disaster due to the Conficker worm. Whether the April 1 date had been hard-coded into the malware as a seasonal joke at the expense of the media and security industry, we'll probably never know. We still don't know who created Conficker or what that person’s motivations were. What we do know: Conficker could have proved much more damaging than it ultimately did, but the threat has not entirely disappeared.

Currently, at least four million IP addresses still attempt to connect to a Conficker update server on a daily basis. That means approximately two million Windows PCs are still infected with the A or B variants....[MORE]"

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