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frankbell 07-03-2019 08:21 PM

The Conficker Worm and Who Created It
The Sunday New York Times had an interesting article about the conficker worm which infected tens of thousands of window boxes a decade ago.

An excerpt:


Conficker’s botnet was easily capable of launching any of the above — and far worse. At its height, when it consisted of at least 10 million individual IP addresses, there were few computer networks in the world secure enough to withstand an attack from it. And yet it was used only once, to spread a relatively minor strain of “scareware” intended to frighten unsuspecting users into downloading fake antivirus software. That attack was surprisingly pedestrian, like taking a Formula One racecar for a slow ride around the block. Surely something bigger was coming.

But it never did. Why? Who created Conficker, and why bother if they were not going to use it?

Mawhrin-Skel 07-04-2019 12:50 AM

For clarity: I'm saying it's literally that guy.

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