• Conficker on April 1st: Eve of destruction or big joke?

    Posted March 30, 2009 - 4:28 pm

    While a "doomsday scenario" on April 1 seems unlikely, security experts say Conficker.C (also called Downadup) presents a serious threat. Infected machines -- said to number from 3 million to 10 million globally, depending on estimates -- could be activated for data destruction and theft or espionage, spam relays or denial-of-service (DoS) attacks.
  • Conficker's next move a mystery to researchers

    Posted March 23, 2009 - 4:40 pm

    Security researchers are in the dark about what will happen next week when the newest variant of Conficker, 2009's biggest worm by a mile, begins trying to contact its controllers.
  • A search is launched for Conficker's first victim

    Posted March 20, 2009 - 9:25 am

    Where did the Conficker worm come from? Researchers at the University of Michigan are trying to find out, using a vast network of Internet sensors to track down the so-called "patient zero" of an outbreak that has infected more than 10 million computers to date.
  • Hackers update Conficker worm, evade countermeasures

    Posted March 9, 2009 - 11:26 am

    Computers infected with the Conficker worm are being updated with a new variant that sidesteps an industry effort to sever the link between the worm and its hacker controllers.
  • Symantec identifies third Downadup/Conficker variant

    Posted March 7, 2009 - 2:32 pm

    A third version of Downadup has been identified by Symantec, which says the new variant gives infected machines more powerful instructions to disable anti-virus software and analysis tools, among other actions.
  • Beyond Downadup: Expert worries about smart phone, TinyURL threats

    Posted March 5, 2009 - 4:44 pm

    Don't get Patrik Runald wrong: the Downadup worm (also called Conficker) has been a big deal. It's just that F-Secure's chief security advisor doesn't want people overlooking the other 29,999 malware files his company sees every day, or ignoring the prospects of smart phone malware or even threats that exploit the TinyURLs made so popular through social network sites.
  • Downadup worm may hammer Southwest Airlines URL March 13

    Posted March 2, 2009 - 12:09 pm

    Computers infected by the Downadup worm will "phone home" to several legitimate URLs this month, including one owned by Southwest Airlines, potentially disrupting those sites, a security researcher said Sunday.
  • With global effort, a new type of worm is slowed

    Posted February 13, 2009 - 10:39 am

    There have been big computer worm outbreaks before, but nothing quite like Conficker.
  • Microsoft puts $250,000 bounty on Conficker worm

    Posted February 12, 2009 - 3:55 pm

    Microsoft is offering a $250,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the Conficker worm's author.
  • Conficker worm sinks French navy network

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 9:27 pm

    A highly disruptive Internet worm has claimed a new victim: the French navy.
  • Kaspersky, OpenDNS collaborate to slow Conficker worm

    Posted February 9, 2009 - 10:26 am

    OpenDNS has added a feature to its DNS services with help from Russian security company Kaspersky Lab to fight a widespread worm.
  • Downadup's calm before the storm

    Posted January 28, 2009 - 5:08 pm

    The Downadup worm may have already created havoc with the estimated nine million PCs it's infected, but one security expert warns the worm is only dormant, perhaps to be unleashed at a later date with an even greater vengeance.
  • Downadup worm: When will the next shoe fall?

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 10:21 am

    The Downadup worm--also called Conficker--has now infected an estimated 10 million PCs worldwide, and security experts say they expect to see a dangerous second-stage payload dropped soon.
  • Researchers wait for Downadup worm's second act

    Posted January 24, 2009 - 4:06 pm

    According to Computerworld's article "Researchers wait for Downadup worm's second act", this 'well-engineered' worm was written by hackers who know their stuff.
  • Conficker growing at massive rate

    Posted January 24, 2009 - 3:19 pm

    Security company MSI notes today on its security blog that its HoneyPoint Internet Threat Monitoring Environment (HITME) is getting nailed by scans from the Downadup worm also called Conficker.

  • Panda Security: Downadup worm now infects 1 in every 16 PCs

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    The computer worm responsible for the biggest attack in years has infected at least 1 out of every 16 PCs worldwide, a security company said Wednesday, and may have managed to compromise as many as nearly 1 in 3.
  • US-CERT: Microsoft's advice on Downadup is flawed

    Posted January 21, 2009 - 4:36 pm

    Microsoft's advice on disabling Windows' "Autorun" feature is flawed, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) said Wednesday, and leaves users who rely on its guidelines to protect their PCs against the fast-spreading Downadup worm open to attack.
  • 'Amazing' worm attack infects 9 million PCs

    Posted January 16, 2009 - 2:30 pm

    Calling the scope of the attack "amazing," security researchers at F-Secure Corp. Friday said that 6.5 million Windows PCs have been infected by the "Downadup" worm in the last four days, and that nearly nine million have been compromised in just over two weeks.

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