In what seems as one of most potent virus outbreaks in recent years, the Conficker worm has reportedly infected over 9 million computers across the world and number continues to rise with each passing day.
The Conficker worm which is also referred as Downadup has quickly become a nightmare for many organizations as its persistent nature makes it very difficult to eradicate once it has infected a system.
The worm essentially utilizes a flaw in the Windows operating system to spread itself and once infected it is designed to contact a malicious server which then sends a malware payload.
A unique trait of the worm is ability to randomly generate numerous domains each day which then act as payload sources; which makes it increasingly difficult for virus trackers to block the payload source.
It is interesting to note that the original version of the Conficker worm was noticed in October last year while it’s current and more potent version is just 3 weeks old.
In order to prevent the spread of the worm, security experts have advised users to immediately update their Windows operating systems and also update their antivirus programs.
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The Conficker Worm is now a serious threat which is made even more lethal by the fact that it is constantly changing and keeping antivirus developers on their toes. As usual, get your antivirus up to date and don't forget to equip yourself with the trio of security applications : antivirus, antimalware and firewall.
(The National Business Review)