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Conficker, back from the undead, dominates malware threat landscape

Conficker was the most common malware used to attack UK and international organisations in October, accounting for 20 per cent of all attacks globally, according to security vendor Check Point. When it first appeared in November 2008, the Windows-affecting Conficker worm caused all manner of problems mainly because of its …
John Leyden, 1 Dec 2015

Conficker is back – and it's infecting police body cams

A US IT security company says it found copies of the Conficker malware infecting police body cameras. Florida-based iPower reports that body cameras it received from supplier Martel Electronics were loaded with 2009's baddest botware. Researchers Jarrett Pavao and Charles Auchinleck found that when plugged into a PC, the …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Nov 2015
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German govt DUMPS 170 NEW PCs riddled with Conficker

The German education ministry has binned new computers infected by the infamous Conficker worm - and bought replacements - rather than attempting to disinfect the machines. It emerged this week that a grand total of 170 PCs and servers at German teacher training institutes in Schwerin, Rostock and Greifswald were dumped soon …
John Leyden, 10 May 2013
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Blackhole crimeware kit drives web threat spike

Fake anti-virus scams are on the wane but drive-by-download threats have rocketed over the past year thanks to the hugely popular Blackhole crimeware kit, while Conficker remains prolific some three years after its release, according to Sophos. The UK-based security vendor said in its Security Threat Report 2012 (PDF) released …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jan 2012
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Aussie ALDI withdraws infected greybox offering

The Australian branch of supermarket chain ALDI has withdrawn a range of hard drives from its stores following the discovery that the hardware was infected with malware. The affected device – a grey-label external 4-in-1 hard drive, DVD, USB and card reader device – has reportedly been pulled from shelves, though it is still …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2011
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Conficker Group muses on hits and misses

The Conficker Working Group has hailed its success in neutralising domains programmed to act as control hubs for the infamous worm, while lamenting its failure to mount a comprehensive clean-up operation against infected PCs or to bring its authors to justice. Members of the Group reflect on the long battle against the …
John Leyden, 26 Jan 2011
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Boffins devise early-warning bot spotter

Researchers have devised a way to easily detect internet names generated by so-called domain-fluxing botnets, a method that could provide a first-alarm system of sorts that alerts admins of infections on their networks. Botnets including Conficker, Kraken and Torpig use domain fluxing to make it harder for security researchers …
Dan Goodin, 5 Nov 2010
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ZeuS baddies copy Conficker tactics

Variants of the infamous ZeuS cybercrime toolkit have begun using the tactics of the infamous Conficker worm in a bid to get ahead of security defences. The so-called Licat worm, which is "strongly linked" to ZeuS, represents a likely attempt to reinforce botnets following recent arrests of suspected bank fraud money mules, as …
John Leyden, 15 Oct 2010
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Conficker's 6m strong botnet confounds security probes

Analysis The unknown crooks behind the infamous Conficker worm may be quietly selling off parts of the huge botnet established by the malware, but virus fighters have no way of knowing because the cryptographic defences of its command and control network have proved uncrackable. Conficker (aka Downadup) first appeared in November 2008 …
John Leyden, 5 Aug 2010
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Conficker zombies celebrate 'activation' anniversary

Thursday marks the first anniversary of the much hyped Conficker trigger date. Little of note happened on 1 April 2009 and machines infected by Conficker (aka Downadup) remain largely dormant, but an estimated 6.5 million Windows PCs remain infected with the threat. These machines are "wide open to further attacks", net …
John Leyden, 1 Apr 2010
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Another NHS hospital stricken with Conficker virus

Analysis The infamous Conficker worm has infected yet another NHS facility. Computer systems at the West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust were infected by the worm last Friday, leaving hospital staff unable to book appointments via computer. The outbreak has been contained but some hospital IT systems remain unavailable, …
John Leyden, 18 Feb 2010
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Conficker outbreak infects Leeds NHS servers

Updated Servers on the network of NHS Leeds were struck down by the Conficker worm late last week. The malware infection struck on Friday and forced administrators to take a handful of infected servers offline, in phases, in order to apply deworming tools. Trust PCs were not infected by the attack, which a leaked memo (extract below) …
John Leyden, 9 Feb 2010
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Manchester cops recover from Conficker

Manchester police were once again able to run inquiries on the Police National Computer on Wednesday morning, after techies purged a Conficker worm infection from the force's network. The malware infection left cops unable to run PNC checks on suspect persons or vehicles between Friday evening - when a decision to disconnect …
John Leyden, 3 Feb 2010
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Manchester cops clobbered by Conficker

Greater Manchester Police's computer network has been infected by the infamous Conficker worm, leaving beat cops unable to run computer checks on suspected criminals and vehicles for the last three days. The malware was likely introduced into the GMP network after an already infected memory stick was plugged into a Windows PC …
John Leyden, 2 Feb 2010
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Conficker jams up developing interwebs

The infamous Conficker worm has disproportionally affected computer systems in the developing world, according to new research. Despite high profile infection at the UK's Ministry of Defence and a series of British hospitals, to cite just a few examples, Conficker has proportionally affected systems in Africa and south America …
John Leyden, 17 Dec 2009
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Conficker smites Oxford Brookes network

Conficker infected communal PCs used by students at Oxford Brookes University on Thursday, leaving sysadmins with a difficult clean-up job. A statement (extract below) by the University explains that the attack affected desktops and servers, prompting a decision to temporarily suspend student access to pooled computer rooms …
John Leyden, 3 Oct 2009
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Firms fail to focus on most dangerous security threats

Enterprises are focusing their information security efforts in the wrong areas, leaving themselves more open to hacking attacks and malware infections as a result. The 2009 Top Cyber Risks Report from the SANS Institute concludes that most organisations are focusing their security maintenance and vulnerability scanning efforts …
John Leyden, 16 Sep 2009
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Conficker borks London council

Updated An Ealing council employee infected the UK local authority's IT systems with the Conficker-D worm after he plugged an infected USB into a work computer, causing tens of thousands of pounds in damages in the process. The May incident took several days to clean-up and landed the west London council with a bill of £500,000 in …
John Leyden, 4 Sep 2009

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