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Old 04-01-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: South FL
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SAN FRANCISCO - The malicious Conficker Internet worm is trying to reach its creators more aggressively today. But nothing noticeable has happened.

The worm's programming included a change in tactics on April 1. Infected computers were told to step up their attempts to "phone home" for commands. But chief research officer Mikko Hypponen at antivirus company F-Secure says that's the only sign of life from the bug.

The worm can take control of unsuspecting PCs running Microsoft's Windows operating system. But its creators likely want to use their vast "botnet" to send spam or perform other cybercrimes, and not to bring down the Internet.

Conficker worm reaches go time, to no effect - Security- msnbc.com

no effects so far.
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Old 04-02-2009, 08:51 AM
 
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I wonder how much money the companies selling anti-everything software made off this scare tactic....
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:13 AM
 
Location: HoCo, MD
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I wonder how much money the companies selling anti-everything software made off this scare tactic....
Perhaps the very products they sold were part of the reason why there was such little effect.......

Just because nothing 'exploded' doesn't mean the risk wasn't there. I've worked with companies that had the .b variant. Trust me, it wasn't fun for them when the propagation of the worm was locking out accounts at the rate of 2 per second.
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:17 PM
 
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Perhaps the very products they sold were part of the reason why there was such little effect.......

Just because nothing 'exploded' doesn't mean the risk wasn't there. I've worked with companies that had the .b variant. Trust me, it wasn't fun for them when the propagation of the worm was locking out accounts at the rate of 2 per second.

Indeed. It hasn't had an impact because the good guys have done their job well.
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Old 04-04-2009, 02:40 AM
 
Location: kcmo
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Fear sell, is always a fear sell.. I don't run anti-virus.. damn I should be infected
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Cicero, NY
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I had a feeling nothing would happen--look at the trigger date for one, also why would he expose his huge botnet without gaining anything?
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Old 04-10-2009, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Cicero, NY
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Indeed. It hasn't had an impact because the good guys have done their job well.

The good guys really didnt do anything, up until a couple days prior they couldnt even really detect all infected machines
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Old 04-10-2009, 03:40 PM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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The good guys really didnt do anything, up until a couple days prior they couldnt even really detect all infected machines
That's not quite the way I read it. McAfee had Conficker dealt with last fall, and the latest version of the worm was dealt with fully a week before April 1. I don't recall dates from other antivirus sites.
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Old 04-10-2009, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Cicero, NY
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That's not quite the way I read it. McAfee had Conficker dealt with last fall, and the latest version of the worm was dealt with fully a week before April 1. I don't recall dates from other antivirus sites.

If that were the case why was there such a panic about this virus?
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Old 04-11-2009, 08:38 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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If that were the case why was there such a panic about this virus?
We see people all the time that do not keep their protection up to date. My preference is to set up the antivirus product with the on access scanner active on startup, with automatic update done daily and a full hard disk scan done every night. Many people don't understand the importance of proper virus protection or simply don't know how to do it.
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