Conficker Worms Infects Millions Of Computers Worldwide

Published on: Mon, Feb 02, 2009 , Updated on Wed, Feb 04, 2009 Courtesy: www.nytimes.com - January 22nd

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Cochin: Here is a word of warning for the net savvy’s. A new set of viruses are posing serious threats to the millions of internet users; presumed to be the first step of a multi stage attack. Even the world’s leading computer experts are in a state of puzzlement, as no successful antivirus network has been programmed for getting rid of this deadly virus.

Known as Conficker(Downup, Downadup or Kido) this computer virus targets the Microsoft Windows operating system. Conficker is spread by a recently discovered MS Windows flaw, by guessing network passwords and also by hand carried gadgets like USBs. 

The worm not only coils around the internet in a lightning speed but ties together the infected computers into a unified system called botnet, which can later accept programming instructions from their so called secret masters. Unlike the other virus attacks, the users may not be in a position to identify that their system has been infected.

The entire impact of botenet is yet to be revealed. It is believed that this malicious program operates in the background of an infected computer. A Conficker infected PC can send similar threats to others, destroying them, or even steals the PC user’s personal information, breaking all the defensive mechanisms so far discovered. Quoting the words of Alfred Huger, vice president of development at Symantec’s security response division, ‘this is a well-written worm’ whose secrets is yet to be unlocked.

Unraveling such programs is usually challenging because they usually follow an encryption mechanism that hides its internal workings, from those seeking to disable it.

Hope more about this hazardous virus would be revealed in the coming days.

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