Conficker virus a tool waiting instruction, removal is difficult

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When we first learned of the Conficker virus back in 2008 we had a slight idea of how bad things would be, such as 1 in 5 computers being infected, to it being a major threat to Internet Explorer. Now that it has had time to cultivate there is a fear that as many as 12 million computers being affected by this threat, and at the moment there is nothing that you or I can do – well I have a MAC, so should not be affected.

Currently the virus is dormant in these computers, but they are like the Imperial Storm Troopers from Star Wars, a drone army awaiting instruction to unleash havoc. Instead of bringing down the Republic Conficker will wage war against its digital enemy, such as power grids, communication systems etc – it’s the new way to attack your enemy.

Currently when you attack another county you go in with a plane and jam their communications, this way all someone will have to do is enter a command and there is no risk of pilots being shot down. It’s a horrible thought to know that someone or a group out there has this kind of power, but we have to accept that this could be how things will now be done – wonder if the Mayan’s knew about this all those years ago?

On a serious note, we have no idea who created it, all we know is that there are a bunch of experts working on a Conficker removal tool, but we have no idea as to how much progress has been made. We cannot understand why it is taking so long to come up with a solution to remove the virus; it’s like the stealth fighter of the computer world, as you never know that it is there.

You may wonder why we are discussing the Conficker virus, as it was expected to unleash its havoc to the world back in 2009, but nothing ever came of it? A Bloomberg reporter has explained on Business Week that the threat is far from over, and that it has spent the past three years building up its infrastructure readying itself for the big attack.

Could there still be a threat from Conficker, or is it just another scare tactic like the Millennium Bug was?

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  • http://profiles.google.com/sheehanje John Sheehan

    First of all, the Millennium bug wasn’t a scare tactic.  There was actually a lot of work done to fix vulnerable systems, and if that work hadn’t been performed, the Y2K bug would’ve been much worse.  Maybe not Armageddon as some were predicting, but the work that went into fixing the issue was warranted and in some ways moved forward upgrades that were sorely needed for not just the Y2K issue.

    As far as conficker is concerned, what has me puzzled is how Windows 2008 Server, and Windows 7 machines are still getting this bug, and it seems harder to remove the worm on these machines compared to the simpler process of disabling task scheduler and running removal tools on XP and Windows 2000/2003 servers.

    In any case, this worm is still out in the wild, and even if it delivers no ultimate payload, it’s a very costly headache to clean up and can create havoc on internal networks.   For all the Anti-Virus vendors claiming that their products control it, I still see infections occuring with up to date products.  Maybe they need to put their heads together.  3 years should’ve been plenty for a permanent solution to this problem.

  • Jim

    I personally think a class-action suit against Microsoft is in order.  I’m surprised that people are still buying Microsoft operating systems after all this time.  I find it shocking that MS can still be allowed to put out products that are so vulnerable.  The botnet could be trimmed back by reloading the OS but as long as the vulnerabilities remain, reinfections will continue to occur. It is a wonder that businesses and government organizations don’t mandate the use of Linux for their external facing systems.