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Internet meltdown threat

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Tropo, 23rd Sep, 2009.

  1. Tropo

    Tropo Well-Known Member

    17th Aug, 2005
    Internet meltdown threat: Conficker worm refuses to turn

    The brightest minds in technology and government are finding it "almost impossible" to defeat the Conficker worm, which has infected more than 5 million computers and, experts say, could be used to knock down the internet in entire countries.
    The worm, first detected in November last year, spreads rapidly to computers through a flaw in the Windows operating system.
    Infected machines are co-opted into a "botnet" army, which can be controlled and used by the hackers to launch unprecedented cyber attacks.
    "The general agreement in the security world is that Conficker is the largest threat facing us from a cyber crime point of view ... it has proven to be extremely resilient. It's almost impossible to remove," said Rodney Joffe, a director of the Conficker Working Group formed to defeat the worm.
    "The best minds in the world have not managed to crack the code behind this yet."
    The scale of the threat has forced the world's largest computer security companies to join together with government around the world in an unusual alliance to pool their resources and solve the problem.
    Microsoft has offered a $US250,000 ($290,000) reward for information leading to the identification of the individuals - or rogue governments - behind Conficker.
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  2. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    27th Jun, 2006
    Lismore NSW
    Hmm as a qualified and experienced Information Security professional I suspect this is sensationalism. The storm botnet had reputedly up to 50Million recruited bots and all it was used for on this sort of scale was to take Estonia off line for one week while they moved the Russian statue back to the central park...

    What differentitates conficker is its P2P command and control, together with polymorphic encryption and the ability to defend itself when in a botnet.

    Oh and the other thing, the Internet wont be brought down by the botmasters controlling conficker, because then they wont make any money....:;)
  3. AsxBroker

    AsxBroker Well-Known Member

    8th Sep, 2007
    Sydney, NSW
    The media would NEVER hype anything up...Cough cough

    Sarcasm thrown in for free ;)