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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

How the selling of fake antivirus got its start

Book Excerpt
Chapter 14 – Gaps in the system
Pages 177-181

Zero Day Threat: The Shocking Truth of How Banks and Credit Bureaus Help Cyber Crooks Steal Your Money and Identity 2008 by Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz, Union Square Press, Sterling Publishing Co.

ISBN- 13: 978-1-4027-5695-5


As the accountant for a boutique Atlanta law firm, Shaillie Gattis was naturally expected to be the resident techie. Gattis actually was well qualified. Her father, Roger Thompson, made his living as a virus guru, and as a teenager, she had worked for Thompson’s antivirus start-up, Leprechaun Software, back in Brisbane, Australia, before the family moved to America. So Gattis knew her way around computers.

But one day …more