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Attack scenarios expose need for good-guy Cyber Megacommunity

A “Cyber Megacommunity” of good guys — leaders from government, business and civilian groups — needs to be formed to effectively stem rising cybercrime. That’s the upshot of a two-day drill which threw an escalating digital doomsday scenario at 230 senior officials from industry, government, Congress and academia.

The drill, called Cyber Strategic Inquiry 2008, was held Dec. 17 and Dec. 18 in Washington D.C., under the auspices of an organization called Business Executives for National Security and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Participants were divided into 11 teams and asked to react to a two-stage attack.

Stage one: Thumb drives and CDs carrying malicious code designed to thwart antivirus …more

$250,000 reward for Conficker controllers’ scalps

That $250,000 bounty Microsoft has put up for the scalps of the controllers of the globe-spanning Conficker worm seems about right. Conficker, aka Downadup,  has now infected the German military, as well as networks of the UK and French Air Forces and England’s Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. After several weeks of informal collaborations, the world’s top virus hunters have formed an official posse to hunt down these very slick bad guys.

“By sharing resources and expertise, this collaborative cross-industry effort is not only protecting infected systems from further damage, but also providing security to the Internet community on the whole,” says Vincent Weafer, VP Symantec …more

FAQ — The Ominous Downadup/Conficker worm

The creators/controllers of the unnerving Downadup/Conficker worm that continues to spread, mostly via unpatched Windows PCs inside corporate networks, have been very good about  holding their cards close, giving few hints of how they plan to use a botnet of several million infected PCs.  Here’s an FAQ I’ve assembled, derived from interviews with F-Secure’s Patrik Runald, Secureworks’ Don Jackson, Arbor Networks’ Jose Nazario, Sunbelt Software’s Eric  Sites and Panda Security’s Inaki Urzay.

Q. How did  Downadup/Conficker originate?

A. Around last September, as everyone focused on the crashing financial markets, a self-spreading Windows OS infection began hitting  a few PCs in China. The attacker took advantage …more