[Nottingham] Windows Confickr debacle and Open Source

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Fri May 1 10:35:02 UTC 2009


Just take a look at this for a simple piece of brilliance!


A very simple test to see if you've been confickred...

"The Conficker worm, which has been infecting PCs at a growing pace 
since October 2008, is still worrying anti-virus experts because its 
ultimate purpose remains unknown. The Ministry of Defence reported that 
some of its major systems have been infected. The worm has spread across 
desktops aboard various Royal Navy warships and Royal Navy submarines, 
and has been found on 800 hospital computers in Sheffield. Worldwide, at 
least 3 million PCs have been compromised. When executed, Conficker 
disables a number of system services such as Windows Automatic Update, 
Windows Security Center, Windows Defender and Windows Error Reporting. 
It receives further instructions by connecting to a server or peer and 
receiving an update. The worm has achieved its primary motive, which is 
simply to create an enormous network of infected PCs, but its final 
objective may not be known until its creators are ready to put it to 
work. You can see at a glance whether or not your PC has been infected 
by the Conficker worm by visiting the test page..."


Martin Lomas
martin at ml1.co.uk

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