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Author Topic: The Story of Conficker  (Read 2501 times)

Lashiec

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The Story of Conficker
« on: May 16, 2010, 09:14:16 AM »
A really nice writeup on one of the most devilishly designed computer worm ever: Conficker. Its origins, evolution, and how security companies are facing a fight the worm seems to be winning for now.

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For the technical details, I suggest the Wikipedia article on Confickerw, and, of course, the thread started by Ehtyar in this same forum, which acts as a summary of sorts of both sources, with a healthy discussion as a cool bonus.

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« Last Edit: May 16, 2010, 12:09:22 PM by Lashiec »

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Re: The Story of Conficker
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2010, 09:42:54 AM »
The eye-chart that's linked to in there is nifty. Remotely pulls in images with some from anti-virus companies, that the maleware blocks.
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Re: The Story of Conficker
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2010, 11:25:08 AM »
The eye-chart that's linked to in there is nifty. Remotely pulls in images with some from anti-virus companies, that the maleware blocks.

That eye test isn't 100% accurate. There are cases where it will fail and give you a false negative (you'll see the images even though you are infected). I explained why and gave an example in this post from almost a year ago: http://www.donationc....msg159239#msg159239

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Re: The Story of Conficker
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2010, 12:11:48 PM »
Thanks for reminding me of that thread, app, looks like Ehtyar managed to summarize the most (if not all) important points about Conficker covered by the article.

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Re: The Story of Conficker
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2010, 09:17:06 PM »
The solution is obvious, and is mentioned in the article: build an anti-worm worm. Ok, so there are legal issues to do it (and distribute it in the US). So just make good friends with someone in a "wild west" country where it's not a problem and hey, bob's your uncle!

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