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Anyone Scared For Conficker / Downadup At Midnight?

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According to my knowledge, the Conficker / Downadup worm has been around since last October and targeted all Windows users. It was made by exploiting one of the holes in Windows. Microsoft patched it up later, but some of the public decided not to install the update because they might have turned their automatic updates off or for some other absurd / unknown reason. To show that it was a real serious threat, Microsoft issued out a $250,000 USD reward for whoever turned in the Conficker worm creator. Apparently, it only affects 9 million PCs (same amount from the January estimate), but it's still extremely serious. The latest rumour has it that Conficker C will be activated at midnight tonight - conveniantly April Fools Day - and your computer could then be "prompted to buy fake software products, or it could start monitoring your keystrokes to lift sensitive information like banking passwords. Files could end up deleted, or it might transform your computer into a zombie PC while staying under the radar." I guess this is one advantage the Mac has over the PC. On a side note, if you want to read a full length article on everything you need to know / how to stop the Conficker worm, click on the link below.

[Maximum PC]



2 comments:
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coffee maker said...
April 1, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

I've heard from multiple sources that the Conficker worm won't be a threat to Mac users, thank goodness

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Isaiah said...
April 1, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

Yes, this is very true. Only Windows is affected, so Linux / Mac / Ubuntu I believe are all safe.

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