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Computer worm ‘Conficker’ is doing its dirty work 

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| Internet security experts say that the computer worm known as Conficker, 
| which has the ability to silently penetrate vulnerabilities within the 
| Microsoft operating system, is beginning to rear its ugly head.  
| They say that the software is installing new and malicious programs on some 
| of the computers it has already invaded with the aim of using those PCs to 
| send out criminal spam and scrounge around on unsecured computers for 
| valuable personal data, Reuters reported Friday.   
| [...]
| Experts say that the Conficker worm has already dug into millions of PCs but 
| only been activated in a small percent of them. It was feared that the makers 
| of the software program would trigger a massive attack on April 1. While that 
| didn’t happen, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said 
| earlier this month that it has detected a new variant of the worm 
| that “updates earlier infections via its peer-to-peer network against 
| unpatched systems.”      


Conficker worm dabbling with mischief


Conficker adds new weapon: spam


Conficker is moving again.


Conficker worm begins attacking PCs 



Conficker: Millions Hit, 300,000 Domains Blocked

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| Shipley told InternetNews.com that the Conficker.C worm has infected about 10
| million Windows-based computers in 150 countries, with China's level of
| infection estimated at 3 million, Brazil at 1 million and Russia at 800,000.
| In the United States, researchers suspect about 200,000 computers have been
| infected.


UltraDNS back online after DDoS assault

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| A distributed denial of service attack knocked NeuStar's UltraDNS managed DNS
| service offline for several hours on Tuesday.
| NeuStar runs high-availability DNS services for customers such as online
| retailers and IT giants, including Oracle and Juniper. In a statement,
| NeuStar told Networkworld that the attack affected only a small (unspecified)
| subset of its customers.


Three-fold global increase in infected websites

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| There was a three-fold increase in the number of malicious websites around
| the world infected with malware in March, with almost 3,000 potentially
| harmful sites intercepted every day of the month.


Got pwned by Conficker.B - Fought back & won

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| Our WinXP lappy (used for business & personal) was infected by
| Conficker.B, rendering it a zombie-bot tethered to a botnet somewhere.
| In the end, the OS is replaced with Linux & the data are preserved.
| Complete functionality is restored... All while on the road.
| [...]
| After about a day and a half, I gave up trying to save the system and
| decided to try to /replace/ it.  I began by using my Nokia N810
| (linux-based internet tablet[3]) to download onto its flash card:
| - unetbootin[4] and
| - the iso for gOS 3.1[5].
| I put the card into a usb reader and plugged it back into the infected
| lappy.  Then, I:
| - loaded and ran unetbootin & gOS iso,
| - manually created some partitions via the gOS install,
| - installed gOS (applied patches, etc)
| - moved data from NTFS to ext3 partition
| - removed NTFS partition.
| At that point, we had a (trusted) computer with networking, productivity
| apps and our data again.  The process (excluding download time) took
| about four hours.


Conficker update calls home more stealthily

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| A new version of the Conficker (aka Downadup) worm is working around attempts
| to stifle its activity by dramatically increasing the number of domain names
| used to call home for fresh instructions.


Conficker gets upgraded with defenses

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| Researchers at Symantec have discovered what could be a significant
| development in the ongoing Conficker worm saga: a new module that is being
| pushed out to some infected systems.
| In a couple of ways, the new component is designed to harden infected
| machines against an industry consortium that is actively trying to contain
| the prolific worm. For one, the update targets antivirus software and
| security analysis tools to prevent them from removing the malware. Not only
| does it try to disable anti-malware titles, it also goes after programs such
| as Wireshark and regmon.


Conficker Worm Strikes Back With New Variant

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| The Conficker/Downadup worm managed to slither onto millions of PCs worldwide
| at its height, but after it initially infected a computer it only really
| acted to spread itself, and didn't cause further harm. Until now.
| Symantec reports today that it has found a new variant of the virulent worm
| that will identify antivirus software or security analysis tools running on
| the infected PC, and attempt to shut down those programs. This is a strong
| signal that the worm's mysterious creators haven't abandoned their creation
| in the face of worldwide attention, as some in the industry have theorized,
| but may still have plans to make a buck off their work.


Conficker may bring commercial web sites to their knees

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| One of the most notorious pieces of recent malware is set to cause collateral
| damage to commercial web sites.
| [...]
| In practice, security researchers are able to analyse this function as easily
| as any other. And a coalition of ISPs and other players has been registering
| the domains Conficker will try to use before the worm's backers can get hold
| of them.


Virus strikes 15 million PCs

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| A virulent computer virus has infected as many as 15 million computers around
| the world so far, according to various estimates.
| The virus -- a self-replicating computer worm known as Downadup, Conficker or
| Kido -- spreads across computer networks using Microsoft Windows software
| which have not been patched or updated properly. Microsoft issued a patch
| that fixes the vulnerability the virus exploits last October.


Windows worm: Security experts waiting for activation of 'botnet'

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| Computer experts are preparing to respond to further virus outbreaks and
| security threats posed by the Windows worm, known as Conficker, Kido and
| Downadup, which has infected more than 15 million PCs worldwide.

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