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Conficker, Still Infecting Windows Machines a Year Later, Remains an Enigma




Conficker, Still Infecting Windows Machines a Year Later, Remains an Enigma
Conficker, Still Infecting Windows Machines a Year Later, Remains an Enigma



http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/Conficker-Still-Infecting-Windows-Machines-A-Year-Later-Remains-an-Enigma-543974/ 

By Brian Prince
eWEEK.com
2009-11-01

A year after Conficker sprang into the public consciousness, the 
notorious Windows worm continues to claim millions of victims. While the 
hype has died down, the worm remains an example of the dangers of 
cutting-edge malware and how cooperation in the security community can 
make the difference.

The Conficker worm struck Windows computers this past year with the 
force of a tsunami and swept away illusions of security in the minds of 
its victims. But after the overhyped April 1 deadline passed quietly, 
interest in the general public started to dwindle, and the malware for 
some became just another entry on an ever-growing list of cyber-threats.

The worm itself however did not disappear. Today, roughly a year after 
its appearance, Conficker is still resting on millions of systems around 
the world. From its innovation to its persistence, Conficker has emerged 
as a stark example of the dangers of malware, poor patching practices 
and what the security community can accomplish by working together.

"This certainly is one of the most sophisticated pieces of malware that 
we've ever seen, and that's why the security industry continues to be 
interested in it in spite of the fact that not a lot has happened over 
the course of the past year," said Tom Cross, manager of IBM X-Force 
Advanced Research. "Lots of people have said this is not interesting 
anymore and stopped paying attention, but those of us who are 
responsible for this stuff [are] still watching."

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