April Fools Day Conficker Worm

The Conficker computer worm, which has infected at least 3 million computers, is set to explode. Symantec claims they do not know the purpose of the Conficker worm. Today the worm has created an infrastructure that the creators of the worm can use to remotely install software on infected machines. Most likely the worm will be used to create a botnet that will be rented out to criminals who want to send SPAM, steal IDs and direct users to online scams and phishing sites. The threat is elevated as they believe it will ramp on April Fools’ Day. That will be when machines will get more aggressive. The program will start to send spam, spread more infections, clog networks with traffic, or try and bring down Web sites. People are bracing for anything from massive network outages to the creation of a cyber weapon of mass destruction that attacks government computers. In 2003 the Slammer worm saturated the Internet’s data pipelines with so much traffic it crippled corporate and government systems, including ATM networks and 911 centers. What is known is Conficker-infected machines have been trying to connect each day to 250 Internet domains. Some speculate April 1, the Conficker-infected machines will generate a list of 50,000 new domains a day that they could try, and then randomly select 500 for the machines to actually query.

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