Experts in Race to Stop Conficker: Zombie Computers Set to go off April 1st

March 19, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The New York Times reported today, of the increasing international threat the Conficker computer worm poses as a tool for massive Internet crime and even to hack into governmental computer systems. The notorious computer worm was discovered last year when it spread like wildfire infecting individual computers; used to create a super-collective hacking conglomeration called a botnet. Experts fear the massive botnet is programmed to go off on April 1. A group of computer security experts banded together to catch the author/authors of Conficker and to stop the spread of the malicious software, before it is too late. This alliance of experts: various computer security firms and a network agency called Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, are called the Conficker Cabal.

So far, the Conficker Cabal, comprised of the best computer brains from around the world, has failed to stop the spread of Conficker. As soon as the Cabal group gets closer to stopping Conficker, the author re-writes the code to stay one step ahead of the experts. The Cabal recently got close, and took over 250 Internet domain names Conficker was poised to use to send instructions to its botnet network of infected computers. Conficker went forward without a beat, re-wrote its code, now called Conficker C and increased its penetration of domains to 50,000. The Conficker botnet is now so huge; experts are terrified it may be unstoppable.

Conficker is not only larger it’s now more powerful than the previous version. The worm can now bypass antivirus programs and even, Microsoft’s security update features.

The authors of Conficker are thought to be extremely smart hackers, who used security code originally developed at MIT. There is speculation the Conficker authors are in Eastern Europe, but no one knows for sure where they are located. Botnets are not new. They are used to infect individual computers turning them into “zombie” computers to spread spam and malware. The massive size and scope of Conficker’s botnet strikes terror in the heart’s of the FBI and Pentagon officials, who fear the botnet could be used to attack the governmental network, taking it offline, or worse, taking it completely over.

The Conficker Cabal of experts think it’s more likely, the Conficker author will sell pieces of the zombie botnet on the black market to cyber criminals to use for cloud computing enterprises. Meanwhile, Cabal experts are more concerned with the threat about to be unleashed on the unsuspecting public on April 1. Cabal experts fear it could set in motion; a full-scale attack of the Internet or could be a type of “wake-up call” prank.

People are starting to take the threat of Conficker seriously. Recently Microsoft announced it would reward $250,000 to anyone providing information leading to the capture of the Conficker author.


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  4. Terry Morris on March 23rd, 2009 7:17 pm

    CONFICKER C
    Md-5, sometimes known as the wer32 virus has attacked my PC for over 2 years. I gave up trying to fight it a couple of months ago. Now I find Conficker B is using Md-6, and RC4, as well as RSA and Md-6 the latest hash algorithm produced to date, “well well…”. Conficker B, the Downadup, or Kido, as it is sometimes called!!. A nasty bit of programing, It would have taken a grope the size of Microsoft’s programmers to write such a complicated intrusive virus?. “Did I say Microsoft?, well they are the only power big enough to do it, and to keep it running-uploading information from your set’s and mine.
    And to keep the rest of the world from following the virus back to it’s headquarters”?. All the top Brains in the USA have failed to discover it’s Authors, and Origins. But Conficker C is powerful enough to become an offensive weapon, attacking Country’s it dislikes. Imagine the power of millions of PC’s aimed at your Country’s essential services, Electricity, Hospitals, army, and Government?. They all run on Computers these days. So in closing I think the main thing to find out, is not who!, but WHY, then find out who….
    thanks to SRI INTERNATIONAL Computer Science Laboratory
    MENLO PARK CA 94025 USA
    Yours: Terry Morris.

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