Wednesday, April 1, 2009

conficker.c - Did it kill the internet?

Nobody panic! If you are reading this post, then rest assured that conficker.c did NOT kill or destroy the internet.

Indeed, I am typing this post on a still working internet, so clearly conficker.c didn't do what it was supposed to. Right?

Wrong. The conficker worm did exactly what it was supposed to do today. On April 1, 2009, conficker came "online" and called home very ET-like. The master computer, however, didn't have any commands for conficker worms out there except to stay put until they receive further instructions. The moral of the story? conficker may not have done anything noticeable today (although it did increase the random URL's from 250 to 50000 as we said it would), but it is all set up to do something at some point in the future. So if you have conficker Strain C, it would most definitely behoove you to get rid of it as soon as possible. If you want to check to see if you have conficker, simply go to Microsofts website and try to update your computer. Conficker's a nasty little bugger and will block you from updating your computer, so if you have trouble updating, use the conficker removal tool.

So I hope your all glad to know that your still safe from conficker for another day. You don't have to worry about a multimillion zombie-computer assault tonight, and probably not tomorrow either. After that, though, it's anyones guess...

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