Malware That Changed The World – The Conficker Virus

Conficker is the most recent addition to my list of notable malware, having only been released into the wild around October of last year.

Many people predicted that Conficker would do some crazy stuff on April the 1st of this year but nothing of note really happened.

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That doesn’t mean to say that Conficker has gone away though.

The Conficker virus, also known as Downadup, Kido and Confiker, is known to have infected up to 6 million computers around the world.

No-one has claimed responsibility for writing the Conficker virus yet though industry experts believe the author(s) may be in the Ukraine or somewhere else near Russia.

Infected machines are hooked into a botnet that could be used for a variety of purposes, ranging from spam to DDoS attacks.

Despite all this potential they only serious effect of Conficker thus far has been to serve up an inducement to buy a fake antivirus program.

I for one believe that Conficker will be used for far worse in the future.

After all, 6 million plus infected computers are bound to have some monetary value to cyber criminals.

Have you been infected by the Conficker virus?

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Comments

  1. Publicity around Conficker has certainly died down recently but its my opinion that there is more to come from that particular virus..

  2. Interesting..I thought that Conficker was dead and buried as I have not heard anything about it in months.

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