April Fools – Conficker Virus

Conficker or sometimes called Downadup or Kido has had a bit of publicity recently due to the havoc it is meant to reek on April 1st, April Fools day. I was a bit sceptical at first but sure enough when i got to work today the first signs of it appeared. At work we support a large amount of computers approx 800 which are all networked together and we had a dozen or so phone calls relating to our antivirus software detecting a virus from end users.

I wont go into any detail but we searched the Internet and found out a few ways to stop Conficker from spreading further on the network than it had and information on security updates to immunize computers against it. To sum it all up, if your computer is up to date with windows updates and your antivirus software has up to day definitions then you are safe, the handful of computers we witnessed with Conficker we ones which for some reason or another weren’t up to date.

Conficker is known to mostly spread across networks in shared folders but is also known to spread through the use of USB flash drives. If it finds a vulnerable computer, it turns off vital services which keep the computer safe such as windows update, restore points and security services. It can also hijack your web browser and direct the unsuspecting to sales and download pages of malware programs. Eventually, if not already, the Conficker worm will have a strong infrastructure for cyber crimes. No one knows what exactly yet, but it will more than likely be more the usual such as botnet which is rented out to cyber criminals to send copious amounts of spam, steal identities and direct users to phishing sites.conficker

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