Conficker.C Activates on Schedule Quietly

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Here are some excerpts on the latest about the Conficker Worm from ars technica and PC World:

Conficker.C appears on schedule, but only as a whisper. It’s April 1—do you know where Conficker is? The worm’s reactivation date has passed relatively quietly, but security researchers warn that the worst could still be coming. Keep your scanners updated, and watch your network traffic.

The Conficker worm today has begun to phone home for instructions but has done little else. Conficker was programmed to today begin actively visiting 500 out of 50,000 randomly generated web addresses to receive new instructions on how to behave. Conficker has begun to do this, according to security company F-Secure, but so far no doomsday scenarios have emerged.

April 1, thus far, is pretty clean. Let’s see what happens over the next few weeks before we draw a final judgment on the success or failure of the anti-Conficker associations. Hopefully the new detection scanners (and a comprehensive report just released by Leder and Werner) will turn the tide and begin to shut the worm down.

This will probably be my last post on Conficker for now, unless something major really does happen. On to other topics for the next posts!

Photo Credit: Andrew Scott

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