Unless you have been living under a rock recently you will almost certainly have heard of the Conficker worm.
Now part of what is, almost certainly, the world’s largest botnet, the worm only recently declared its true intentions of facilitating spam and spreading advertising for a fake anti-virus program.
With so much interest in Conficker right now, I have put together a list of 10 current articles that, between them, tell you everything you need to know.
WHAT THE WEB IS SAYING ABOUT CONFICKER :
1. High Tech Dad provides some background about Conficker as well as links to other resources which provide further information and tests to determine whether your machine is infected
2. ID Theft Protect warns that 1 in 10 PC users have yet to patch their systems against Conficker
3. PC Mag have included Conficker and the associated Waledac botnet in a ‘Spambot of the Month‘ post
4. John Leighow from VirusInvasion.com has a comprehensive article which details how the worm evolved from Conficker.A through to its present incarnation of Conficker.E
5. TechBlender writes about how the worm infected 700 computers at the University of Utah
6. Baylor Mirror has an excellent resource – a graphical chart which can quickly give you an idea as to whether your system has been infected or not.
7. Jason Lee Miller explains why Trend Micro have christened the worm ‘Downdac.A‘
8. CBS News picks up the story of the fake anti-virus program – Spyware Protect 2009 – and explains how Conficker has now been instructed to steal
9. OSNews muses over who would be held responsible if Conficker were to become an issue for Linux users
10. 2SPACE talk of the recent update to Conficker and suggest that the latest payload may include a rootkit, designed to steal personal and sensitive information from infected machines
I’d love to hear what you thought of the above articles and, if you know of any other great Conficker resources, please share them via the comments below.