The "boss level" of internet worms.
March 21, 2009 9:14 PM Subscribe
Conficker C is scary as hell. Conficker C
posted by e.e. coli (232 comments total)
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represents a best-of-breed specimen of malware, with its swiss-army-knife-from-hell approach
to digging in, staying hidden, and making your life generally miserable. Telltale symptoms: you can't view such web sites as Microsoft.com, symantec.com, avast.com, or any other computer security-related sites the worm authors have thought to include in the blacklist; you can't run any of the superb Sysinternals utilities
, or many other utilities, because they get killed within a second of starting them up; your antiviral software is impotent. But none of that is the point of the worm.
On April Fool's Day of this year, the roughly 10 million conficker-infected Windows XP-based PCs (mostly in China, Brazil, and Russia
) will phone home, but nobody knows to what purpose. The "best" possible outcome is that the bad guys are merely stealing the identities of 10 million people.
It's hard to say what the worst case is, but the metaphor "internet warfare" is, apparently, not overblown.