• Down but not out: Conficker camouflages new Windows infections

    Posted May 1, 2012 - 7:44 am

    Windows PCs infected with Conficker are more likely to be compromised by other malware because the worm masks those secondary infections and makes those machines easier to exploit, a security expert said.
  • 'Obstinate' Conficker worm infests millions of PCs years later

    Posted April 26, 2012 - 8:56 pm

    The long-suppressed Conficker botnet is still actively infecting millions of new machines, giving Windows enterprise users a two-and-a-half-year headache.
  • Conficker: Microsoft says two basic security steps might have stopped infections

    Posted April 26, 2012 - 7:35 am

    If businesses and consumers stuck to security basics, they could have avoided all cases of Conficker worm infection detected on 1.7 million systems by Microsoft researchers in the last half of 2011.
  • Ukraine helps disrupt $72M Conficker hacking ring

    Posted June 23, 2011 - 9:36 am

    The hackers allegedly pushed fake antivirus software and then also stole banking details.
  • Conficker Working Group says worm is stopped, but not gone

    Posted January 28, 2011 - 11:57 am

    An alliance of public and private organizations claims success in preventing further spread of the Conficker worm, but warn the nasty virus is still on millions of computers
  • Conficker a year later is a 'loaded gun'

    Posted April 26, 2010 - 8:39 pm

    It's been about a year since Conficker/Downadup hit in 2009, and although the threat didn't turn out to be as grave as it had the potential to be, the 6.5 million PCs that remain infected today represent what Symantec Corp. calls a "loaded gun, waiting to be fired."
  • Conficker worm cripples a U.K. police department

    Posted February 3, 2010 - 12:51 pm

    The Conficker worm is alive and well and has shut down the police network in Manchester, United Kingdom, for the past three days.
  • Chinese ISP hosts 1 in 7 Conficker infections

    Posted December 17, 2009 - 11:57 am

    China Telecom's Chinanet seems to have been hit hardest, says Shadowserver.
  • Fighting Conficker

    Posted September 27, 2009 - 9:10 pm

    A lot of really good research has been published about the Conficker worm, its many forms, infection vectors and speculation as to what it’s going to do next. But what seems to be missing is the operational side of fighting Conficker. What signs would you expect to see, how do you really fight it and what can you possibly do to prevent it?
  • Top 10: Kumo expected, Adobe patches with Microsoft

    Posted May 22, 2009 - 9:29 pm

    The mystery surrounding why fraudsters shelled out big bucks for old Nokia phones was solved this week. The answer, of course, involves illegal activities. Another puzzle possibly close to being solved involves Microsoft's new search engine, which supposedly debuts next week. In security news, Adobe Systems took a patch practice from Microsoft and Conficker isn't dead yet.
  • Conficker still infecting 50,000 PCs per day

    Posted May 20, 2009 - 8:35 pm

    The Conficker worm is still infecting systems at a brisk rate and continues to snag computers in Fortune 1000 companies, according to security researchers.
  • Security Wisdom Watch: Who Gets Thumbs Up (and Down)?

    Posted May 11, 2009 - 10:18 am

    Much has happened in security circles this past month, from all the hoopla over Conficker to the ongoing economic bloodshed in the industry. Here are a few that stood out -- for better or worse.
  • Microsoft doctors AutoRun in Windows 7 to stymie Conficker

    Posted April 30, 2009 - 9:49 am

    Microsoft will unveil changes in next week's public Windows 7 Release Candidate that are designed to stymie the Conficker worm. But the company has not set a timeline for updating Windows XP and Vista.
  • The Kilo-Day threat and mundane security

    Posted April 29, 2009 - 4:19 pm

    In the security business we spend a lot of time worrying about the "zero-day" threat that appears out of nowhere and immediately starts attacking a hereto unknown vulnerability. We worry so much that we overlook the vulnerabilities we already know about. The ones that have been hanging around on our systems, known but unaddressed, unpatched and wide open.
  • Attention to Conficker Appears to Pay Off

    Posted April 27, 2009 - 11:40 am

    Like just about every other IT department, mine spent the week before April Fools' Day preparing for the onslaught of the Conficker worm.
  • Conficker.E to self-destruct on May 5th?

    Posted April 26, 2009 - 8:21 pm

    The evolution of the multi-faceted Conficker worm is expected to take another turn this May 5th when the latest version, Conficker.E, will simply self-destruct on infected machines, say a number of security researchers.
  • Conficker hype a 'problem,' says FBI cyber-chief

    Posted April 24, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Mainstream media hype leading up to the Conficker worm's April 1 software update may have distracted people from legitimate cyber threats, the FBI's head of cyber security said Thursday.
  • Net security, Windows 7 and Conficker under scrutiny

    Posted April 21, 2009 - 2:08 pm

    Cross-domain security on the Internet, Windows 7 and the Conficker worm will be among the topics under scrutiny at the Hack In The Box Security Conference this week.
  • Botnets: Reasons It's Getting Harder to Find and Fight Them

    Posted April 20, 2009 - 10:11 am

    Botnets have long used a variety of configurations, in part to disguise their control mechanisms. But as user-friendly but insecure applications continue to become available -- especially social networking programs -- hackers have an ever growing number of security holes to choose from. They're also getting smarter about building resilient architectures, according to botnet hunters who have monitored recent activity. Here are four reasons the botnet fight is getting harder, and what to do about it:
  • Safe from Conficker?

    Posted April 17, 2009 - 3:15 pm

    All dressed up and no virus to catch.
  • Conficker group says worm 4.6 million strong

    Posted April 14, 2009 - 8:24 pm

    Security experts say that the Conficker worm has infected an awful lot of computers, making it the largest "botnet" of hacked computers on the planet. The thing they can't seem to agree on, however, is exactly how many people have been hit.
  • Conficker botnet could flood Web with spam

    Posted April 11, 2009 - 8:46 pm

    Windows PCs infected with the Conficker worm have turned into junk mail-spewing robots capable of sending billions of spam messages a day, a security company warned today.
  • Top 10: Conficker, IBM-Sun redux, Italy quakes

    Posted April 11, 2009 - 8:32 pm

    Meanwhile, spies gain access to the US electricity grid, H-1B applications are down and tech job cuts are up.
  • Conficker Shows Its Colors, Installs Rogue Anti-virus

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 2:11 pm

    We knew it would try to make a buck somehow, but until now Conficker hasn't done much beyond spread and update. That changed Thursday, when the worm began installing a rogue antivirus app called SpywareProtect2009 on infected machines.
  • Conficker Awakens, Starts Scamming

    Posted April 10, 2009 - 1:04 pm

    The Conficker worm is back in action and stumping security experts once again. One of the most craftily designed pieces of malware recently got an update and is finally starting to behave like other worms. Here's what's going on:
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