Nasty Worm Wriggles Into Millions of Computers

Nasty Worm Wriggles Into Millions of Computers

SAN FRANCISCO – A nasty worm has wriggled into millions of computers and continues to spread, leaving security experts wondering whether the attack is a harbinger of evil deeds to come.

US software protection firm F-Secure says a computer worm known as “Conficker” or “Downadup” had infected more than nine million computers by Tuesday and was spreading at a rate of one million machines daily.

The malicious software had yet to do any noticeable damage, prompting debate as to whether it is impotent, waiting to detonate, or a test run by cybercriminals intent on profiting from the weakness in the future.

“This is enormous; possibly the biggest virus we have ever seen,” said software security specialist David Perry of Trend Micro.


Thanks for the info man.

I’ll make sure to be careful about what I sites I visit

If you don’t use Windows as your operating system, you are safe from this worm. However, the worm can spread through USB devices such as flash drives or cameras, so just avoiding certain websites may not be enough.

You can vaccinate your Windows computer by going to Microsoft’s website and install Microsoft’s MS08-067 patch. The patch is known as KB958644. Having up to date antivirus software is also highly recommended.

If your computer becomes infected, Microsoft’s Malicious Software Removal Tool will now remove the infection. However, this doesn’t do you much good if your computer is part of a network which has other infected computers.

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