No Conficker meltdown as April 1 "deadline" passes

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  1. JamesCooper

    JamesCooper Member

    No Conficker meltdown as April 1 "deadline" passes
    By Asavin Wattanajantra,, Apr 1, 2009


    There's been no global computer armageddon, as predicted by security experts, but did the hype cause more harm than good?

    Security experts stayed awake around the world to see what the Conficker worm would do on 1 April, but fears of internet armageddon appeared unfounded.

    Machines infected with the Conficker virus tried to establish a link with command servers as expected, but so far experts hadn’t seen any new instructions from the creators of the worm.

    Ever since it started spreading seriously though millions of Windows PCs at the beginning of the year, Conficker has constantly been in the headlines – the House of Commons (UK) was the latest high profile network to be hit.

    The fact that Conficker was due to change operations and contact new domains on 1 April was the reason why some news outlets had made predictions of “global meltdown”, but the large majority of security experts confirmed that nothing major was likely to happen.

    Garner analyst John Pescatore said that the intense media attention paid to the 1 April deadline was unwarranted and that a spectacularly damaging event was never likely to occur.

    He also made the point that this type of hype could be harmful, and that enterprises needed to be much more concerned with unrecognised threats.

    David Harley, director of malware intelligence at ESET, said on his blog: “The very people outside this industry who hyped the issue out of all proportion will now dismiss it as vendor hype, and may suggest that the whole thing is an urban myth.

    “I do wonder whether by acknowledging and trying to counter the hype, we nevertheless fed it, but the alternative would have been to allow the panic merchants a clear field.”

    Other security experts made the point that although they hadn’t seen a malicious payload from Conficker, that didn’t stop it from activating one in the future.

    Rik Ferguson of Trend Micro said that it was a shame that “less scrupulous” parts of the media had created such a frenzy, when valuable time should have been spent educating people how they could clean it up and how they could avoid it going forward.

    He said: “It’s really important to say that 1 April was just the date when that functionality was switched on.

    “It will continue happening every day now. The infected machines are going to do the same thing they’ve done today, every day.”

    He said that people still needed to ensure their machines were clean, patched and in enterprise environments enforcing strong passwords, and with auto-run functionality within Windows explicitly disabled.

    Source: ... ine-passes
  2. mjay

    mjay Member

    As what I have read and heard from the news, conficker will be activated on April 1, and still other parts of the world is just starting on April 1. Remember we have different timezones, thats why the alert status on this virus should not yet be lowered to a low level alert.
  3. stanelope

    stanelope Member

    mas nakakatakot ung salmonella virus ^_^
  4. genexide

    genexide Member

    sa palagay ko yung virus eh joke lang. kasi april fools eh.. :)
  5. audiosoul

    audiosoul Member

    Hindi kaya ginawa din yun ng Microsoft para mapilitan tayo mag-update at bumili ng orig na OS? Hehehe...
  6. technik

    technik Member

    cguro nga hehehe..

    nag taka lng ako kc ang MS patch na luma na, ung KB958644...yan dw ung fix sa worm na to kaso Oct 2008 pa tong update hehe.

    actually kung meron man na hit nito mahirap din malaman ng user agad kasi, kolekta ng passwords, cc, bank, & personal info ang kinukuha.
  7. networmx

    networmx Member

    Most likely Joke! :)
    Pero mahirap na rin tamaan. Kaya kahit hindi joke, Let's be careful pa rin. Mahirap manakawan ng info/data :lol:
  8. Poochini31

    Poochini31 Member

    isa lang Ibig sabihin nyan.. Were Fooled LOL..

    Tsk. tsk. tsk. Sa tingin nyo ilan Ang Natamaan sa Pilipinas ng Conficker?

  9. cliff101

    cliff101 Member

    baka yung patch para makita ng microsoft yung mga pc na gamit eh pirated windows

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