Latest Conficker Stories

2009-04-28 10:25:00

In the latest chapter of the infamous Conficker worm saga, security experts say its creators appear to be modifying the virus so that it can turn computers into breeding grounds for fake anti-virus software. A new update to the worm carried previously known viruses Storm and Waledac to turn personal computers into botnets capable of sending mass amounts of spam and so-called "scareware." "It looks like these guys are perhaps testing the waters to see which one of those would be a better...

2009-04-24 15:10:00

Just as many computer security experts began to believe it was a fluke, the Conficker virus apparently slowly became active weeks after its expected April 1 launch date. The worm, which started spreading to millions of computers last year, appears to be turning its infected hosts into servers for e-mail spam, security experts told Reuters. Analysts have yet to discover the source of the malware, but Vincent Weafer, a vice president with Symantec Security Response said the creators began using...

2009-04-16 13:20:00

The global recession could prove to be a starting point for an influx of more cyber criminals seeking to use their computer skills to earn extra money. "Today these (cyber) attacks are not about vandalism any more, today it's about cash," said Roger Halbheer, Microsoft's chief security advisor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. "Cyber crime has gone from cool to cash. And this will definitely grow in the future," he told AFP during an international conference on terrorism and cyber...

2009-04-13 06:25:00

A computer virus has infected over 700 campus computers, including campus hospital computer at the University of Utah, according to the University's officials. Chris Nelson, University health sciences spokesman, said that the outbreak of the Conficker worm, which slows down computers and steals personal information, was first detected Thursday.  Friday, the virus had already infiltrated computers at the hospitals, medical school, and colleges of nursing, pharmacy and health. According to...

2009-04-09 10:15:00

The Conficker worm suddenly began its first update on infected PCs on Wednesday. The Conficker system began delivering encrypted software to machines that have been infected. It is still unknown what the update contains, said researchers from Trend Micro. The researchers purposefully implanted the Conficker C worm into machines in order to analyze its activity. The mysterious update began one week later than experts had expected. The "C" variant of the worm, known as Downadup, suggested it...

2009-04-08 11:17:26

A Microsoft Corp report published on Wednesday showed that computer users' growing fear of worms and viruses could be behind a recent spike in attacks on PCs via bogus security software, Reuters reported. With malware such as the Conficker worm and others increasing, a growing number of computer users have been looking for security programs online, some of which turn out to be agents for viruses themselves. Microsoft's twice yearly Security Intelligence Report showed that out of hundreds of...

2009-04-06 13:59:00

- The Virtumonde spyware infected more computers than any other malware - Trojans and adware continue to be the most widespread types of malware - The Conficker worm has caused most concern among security laboratories GLENDALE, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection laboratory, today announced the general availability of its malware report for the first quarter of 2009. According to the report, Trojans have accounted for 73 percent of...

2009-04-02 10:17:00

WALTHAM, Mass., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- April 1 came and went, and the Conficker variant failed to deliver the gloom-and-doom forecasted by many IT security pundits. According to application whitelisting pioneer Bit9, Inc., this latest "non-event" is just one more example of businesses chasing their tails instead of spending time focused on their core competencies. It's too soon to quantify the effect of Conficker hype, but try to estimate answers based on your own organization: How many...

2009-04-01 12:32:00

The Much-Feared Re-activation of Conficker on April 1st Goes Off Without a Bang GLENDALE, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware detection and analysis laboratory, predicted in a recent blog post that the malicious Conficker worm won't cause major upheaval on April 1st and advised consumers not to "get taken in by the Conficker panic" (http://pandalabs.pandasecurity.com/archive/Don_1920_t-get-taken-in-by-the-Conficker-panic.aspx). As predicted by PandaLabs, the...

2009-04-01 15:10:00

The dreaded Conficker Internet worm became more aggressive in communicating with its creators on Wednesday, as the malicious code reached the April 1st trigger date upon which it was set to modify itself to become harder to stop.  However, wary computer security experts seem correct in their predictions that the effects would be subdued. Although the estimated 3 million to 12 million computers infected by Conficker were instructed to accelerate attempts to "phone home" for commands,...

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