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Watch out for Conficker!

March 28, 2009

I’ll be doing a video on this – but I thought I’d share the links here…

(Montagraph’s channel here)

The Conficker worm has been spreading around; but the real fun starts on April 1st. Some new code will be triggered (and the experts aren’t entirely sure what it will do!).

Clean your machines before the 1st – and then be careful – be sure to run your anti-virus, and make sure it’s up to date!

Run the ‘Malicious Software Removal Tool’ before applying patch – it will remove any instances ‘waiting’ on your machine. And be sure to ‘save’ it, so you can run it after the 1st…

Microsoft Patch here (Click the OS version you are running to get the right version).

Is this real? Well government agencies around the world have been hit by it:

French fighter planes grounded by computer virus

Houses of Parliament computers infected with Conficker virus

Conficker Windows virus infects 15 million PCs

New strain of ‘Windows worm’ could trigger fresh virus outbreak

The new version has some unusual ‘talents’…

The new version, dubbed Conficker B++, circumvents many of the protections put in place to defend against the old worm. It could also make it more difficult for antivirus companies to track down where the virus originated from and put a halt to its spread, by removing the need for Conficker B++ to “phone home” to a remote server in order to download more malicious software to a compromised computer.

But be careful – and get a bootable ubuntu distro in case the worm makes it past the protection you’ve put in place –

Earlier this month, Microsoft issued a $250,000 reward for information leading to the capture and conviction of Conficker’s authors. The company has also released a set of removal tools and software patches to combat the worm, but these may not offer protection against new strains of the virus.

Security specialists feared that the original Conficker outbreak had been engineered by hackers and cybercriminals to build a “botnet”, a network of compromised machines that could then be used to launch malicious attacks, and even to remotely activate tools and software that would have made it easy for cybercriminals to steal personal information or even banking login details.

Get Ubuntu install here – probably best to get a ‘bootable’ distribution ISO if possible!

Microsoft’s write up on this Worm (click the Analysis tab)

Wikipedia article on Conficker in detail


3 Comments leave one →
  1. phnixlady permalink
    March 28, 2009 7:48 PM

    Thanks a million for the Conflick reminder, glad to say we are clean here.

  2. March 28, 2009 10:19 PM

    Hey Mike,

    Thanks for all you do. Makes it much easier for me to
    keep advised.
    I am a ‘novice’ computer user and not sure about your
    comment. “Get Ubuntu install here – probably best to get a ‘bootable’ distribution ISO if possible!”
    I am using AVG & Avast-A-Squared & AdAware….What is/do I need Ubuntu? and can you explain “bootable distribution ISO?

  3. Lilli permalink
    March 31, 2009 7:06 AM

    Nice view of the gargoyles on the Paris video Mike. Thanks. 🙂

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