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Sleeper cell 
19th-Jan-2009 08:12 am
linux
A new "Worm for Windows" called Downadup is making the rounds. It hasn't done anything... yet. From the description, it sounds like it was designed to install malware rather than do the dirty work itself. The malicious code has been out in the wild for some time, but it appears that not many people are updating their Microsoft OS; thus, the problem grows.

Downadup virus exposes millions of PCs to hijack

Story Highlights
* A new sleeper virus has now spread to more than eight million computers
* Industry analysts say is one of the most serious infections they have ever seen
* The worm exploits a bug in Microsoft's ubiquitous Windows software
* Virus could allow its creators to hijack entire networks

By Barry Neild
CNN

LONDON, England (CNN) -- A new sleeper virus that could allow hackers to steal financial and personal information has now spread to more than eight million computers in what industry analysts say is one of the most serious infections they have ever seen.

The Downadup or Conficker worm exploits a bug in Microsoft Windows to infect mainly corporate networks, where -- although it has yet to cause any harm -- it potentially exposes infected PCs to hijack. [...]

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Your choices are clear: update your virus scanner (again) and install yet another critical patch from Microsoft (MS08-067),


OR


start using Linux.

Comments 
19th-Jan-2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info.
19th-Jan-2009 03:59 pm (UTC)
My pleasure.
21st-Jan-2009 04:09 pm (UTC) - Where are they?
... disappointing. Not one person mentioned "Get a Mac!" as an alternative.

It just goes to show how few of them there are, I guess.
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