Wednesday, April 1

Conficker Reporting

There has been so much misinformation being spread regarding what conficker will or will not do. And now that the mainstream media is picking up on the story they are repeating some of the speculation. I like to look at it in simple terms without muddling in all the technical details;
  • All the research done suggests that the people behind conficker are intelligent, and well resourced which indicates that whatever motivation they have will be very well thought out and executed.
  • The large amount resources used to develop and maintain conficker mean that the owners will spend large amounts of effort defending it and increasing its ability to spread efficiently.
The whole circus around April 1st was the fact that the software would begin receiving new instructions, in no way did this mean that it would start acting in a more malicious way. The simple fact is that this virus could do anything it wants, and we should be prepared to handle this today or any of the other 365 days of the year.

I hope that the media starts focusing on the security of computing including all the risks one of which is worms, and more on common prevention and detection techniques that can keep us all safer.
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