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Windows 7: Experts warn of imminent Conficker attack


09 Apr 2009   #1

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 
Experts warn of imminent Conficker attack

Experts warn of imminent Conficker attack

Security experts have uncovered new Conficker activity which could indicate that the hackers behind the worm are finally gearing up for an assault.
Researchers at Trend Micro discovered a new variant of Downad/Conficker last night, called Worm_Downad.E, which is spreading over the peer-to-peer network of infected PCs created by the previous version.


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Experts warn of imminent Conficker attack - vnunet.com


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09 Apr 2009   #2

 

Anyone who STILL hasnt patched their system for conflicker in the last 8 months deserves every virus they get
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09 Apr 2009   #3

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dmex View Post
Anyone who STILL hasnt patched their system for conflicker in the last 8 months deserves every virus they get
Sorry if this seem a bit of a noob question (i've got a headache LOL). What do you mean by patched? If you mean 100% up-to-date then i'll be ok
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09 Apr 2009   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

or is there a patch we should know about?
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09 Apr 2009   #5

Windows 7 x86 build 7077
 
 

nope, standard windows update will take care of it
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09 Apr 2009   #6

Windows XP
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by itznfb View Post
nope, standard windows update will take care of it
Or disable the "Server" service via services.msc. Conflicker exploits a hole in the Server service.
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10 Apr 2009   #7

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TechOutsider View Post
Conflicker exploits a hole in the Server service.
A patch for that exploit has been out over 6 months over 4 months before the first Conflicker variant was discovered, if people bothered to use Windows Update or install the patch then Conflicker would be useless and mean absolutely nothing.

Disabling the Server Service is pointless if your using a firewall and it also disables File Sharing

People who got infected:
A) Didn't use a firewall
B) Didn't patch there system

The infection rate just mirrors the amount of people who dont use Windows Update or patch their systems so they deserve all the problems they get for being ignorant.
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10 Apr 2009   #8

Windows Seven 64-bit
 
 

Just imagine "Conficker strikes during Earth Hour, Epic failure on their fault." Lol.
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11 Apr 2009   #9

Windows 8.1 Pro x64 x3 + Windows 10 Preview, Ubuntu
 
 

The unfortunate thing is that Conficker is most prevalent as an infection in markets where the use of counterfeit copies of Windows is at it's highest.

These copies are not likely to be kept patched, so it reinforces Dmex's statement that users who keep their system up to date with all the patches from Windows Update, should not worry about this.

What is more worrying in this case is what the Conficker Botnet is going to be used for. The people in control of the Botnet have at their command a massive amount of computing power which if used to launch some form of zero day attack could cause havoc with the internet.

Hopefully the Botnet will just be used for normal criminal activity like stealing user passwords, but my paranoia does make me worry a little
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11 Apr 2009   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit SP1
 
 

Also, be aware that the Bots (infected machines) send out thousands upon thousands of of spam email. Many domains that look perfectly innocent have been compromised, so don't be click happy.
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