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    OFF topic? 60 minutes warns about Conflicker worm

The only reason I am letting you know about this is that it could bring down the internet on April 1 st and no this is not a joke!

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/27/60minutes/main4897053.shtml

  • Mon, Mar 30, 2009 - 03:21am

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    Re: OFF topic? 60 minutes warns about Conflicker worm

No one knows for sure if April 1st is really going to be trouble or not as noted at the end of the story:

Conficker investigators have been talking about an April Fool’s attack,
because in dissecting the worm, they can see it’s been programmed to
receive new instructions on April 1. But nobody knows if the
instructions will be benign, or something that could disrupt the entire
Internet.

  • Mon, Mar 30, 2009 - 03:53am

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    Re: OFF topic? 60 minutes warns about Conflicker worm

http://www.askwoody.com/

Conficker’s All Fools Day

Posted on March 28th, 2009 at 05:27

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

I know it’s true because I read it in … let’s see … where was that?
Oh, it’s right here in the newspaper. Just above the ad for washing
machines. Yeah, see that? Toldja so.

Gimme a break. Yes, Conficker is changing on April 1. No, you don’t need to worry about it.

There’s an excellent, reasoned blog post
about Conficker on the F-Secure site. What? An antivirus manufacturer
says you don’t need to panic, while the venerable Sun says “MILLIONS of
computers around the world could go into meltdown on April 1 because of
a deadly virus.” Gawrsh. And they have a very nice ad for washing
machines, too.

If you’re still running Windows XP, it would behoove you to hop over to the F-Secure Q&A. Down at the bottom, there’s a link to the F-Secure scanner, which will detect and remove all known versions of Conficker.

And you won’t get hit up about dirty laundry…

 

Additional Info:  http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/conficker.asp

  • Mon, Mar 30, 2009 - 09:21am

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Excellent response.  If I could add one bit of background info:

If you do some research, you’ll find that all the recent news about Conficker has suspiciously involved either interviews with, PR releases from, or eminated from discussions originating from a single company:  Symantec Corporation – a major Antivirus Software company.  I am told, that – big surprise – Symantec took an unusually high profile role in the 60 Minutes segment, by bringing out a PR flack to hype up Conficker and "the need for current & modern antivirus software". [coughsalesplugcough]  If you search the net, you’ll find that no other Antivirus software companies are doing the same, other than providing reactive commentary to all the recent chit chat around Conficker generated by Symantec. 

When it comes to computer security, alerts around major threats are generally done as a community.  Fear mongering by a lone security company is considered to be low brow since it’s effectively preying on consumer’s vulnerabilities-for-profit.  A seasoned security expert without an agenda would have provided some context around Conficker noting that complete & proven remedies (premptive patches & reactive detection) for it have been around for months.  Or he might have mentioned that there are other active worms & viruses in the wild that are dramatically more prevalent than Conficker such as Taterf.B. 

I haven’t seen the 60 Minutes interview yet (it’s been DVRed) but my suspicion is that in security circles on the net, it’s known that CBS as a company was recently hit with Conficker companywide and as a result this generated a certain amount of personal interest from the CBS-based news magazine.

  • Mon, Mar 30, 2009 - 01:56pm

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As an IT professional I can tell you that this issue has been blown way out of proportion by sensationalist media and is nothing more than an attempt by Symantec to sell more licenses for their antivirus product (which I must say is one of the crappiest on the market though McAfee is a strong contender for that title).

If you like worrying about this kind of threats – you should be a lot more worried by various existing botnets controlled by governments (Chinese, Russian, etc) and shady computer criminals.

 

  • Mon, Mar 30, 2009 - 02:55pm

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Additional important info can be found at:

http://windowssecrets.com/2009/03/30/01-Run-a-Conficker-removal-tool-before-April-1

 

Domain-name blocking defeats many removal tips

In perhaps the worm’s cruelest behavior, a computer infected with
Conficker.C is prevented from accessing many security-oriented Web
sites. When a user tries to get patches from, say, Microsoft or
Symantec, a browser will time out, suggesting to the user that the site
is down.

Conficker.C interferes with access to sites containing the following
strings (as well as scores of other strings not shown here) in any
portion of the URL:

antivir  ca.  cert.  conficker  f-secure  kaspersky  mcafee
microsoft  msdn.  msft.  norton  panda  safety.live  sans.
symantec  technet  trendmicro  windowsupdate

Computer Associates’ security advisory
77976 lists all the strings that Conficker.C currently obstructs.

If your PC is infected, a technical trick might enable you to visit a
site that Conficker is blocking. Instead of entering the site’s domain
name in your browser’s address bar, enter the site’s dotted-decimal IP
address instead, which Conficker doesn’t seem to interfere with. (My
thanks to Woody Leonhard for his help with this tip.)

For example, Conficker might block your browser from showing the
Computer Associates advisory I just mentioned. If so, you could replace
the domain name shown in the first line below (www.ca.com) with the
dotted-decimal IP address shown in the second line (130.119.248.144):


http://www.ca.com/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/virus.aspx?id=77976

130.119.248.144/us/securityadvisor/virusinfo/virus.aspx?id=77976



Here’s one way to learn the IP address of a Web site: using an uninfected PC, open a Firefox window and install the
Show IP
browser extension. With this extension enabled, the IP address of
whatever site you’re visiting shows up in the browser’s status bar.

Of course, if you navigate to a site using its IP address and then
click a link, the site will probably use a spelled-out domain name in
the link. Conficker would block the resulting page, which you’d have to
replace manually with its dotted-decimal equivalent.

Conficker’s blocking of security sites is little-understood by most
journalists. For this reason, many fix-it tips from usually reliable
sources won’t actually help the victims:

  • Mon, Mar 30, 2009 - 05:16pm

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    Re: OFF topic? 60 minutes warns about Conflicker worm

sam, i had a computer at work that had this same problem where the IP address worked but not the domain name URL. this probably means the computer was infected with the conflicker virus but it doesn’t solve my problem. if i have to manually type in the IP address everytime i want to go to secure sites then my computer is still sick with the virus. how do i get rid of it?

(amazingly, i was able to work with a dude from the internet provider and between him and i we got the internet going again but i couldn’t tell you how because i don’t know).

steve

and yes, i thought the 60 minute piece was a bit infomercial-like, only gave the viewpoint of those from inside the anti-virus companies and a personal story of someone infected by a virus. a contrarian hacker interview would’ve been nice.

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sam, i had a computer at work that had this same problem where the IP address worked but not the domain name URL. this probably means the computer was infected with the conflicker virus but it doesn’t solve my problem. if i have to manually type in the IP address everytime i want to go to secure sites then my computer is still sick with the virus. how do i get rid of it?

(amazingly, i was able to work with a dude from the internet provider and between him and i we got the internet going again but i couldn’t tell you how because i don’t know).

steve

and yes, i thought the 60 minute piece was a bit infomercial-like, only gave the viewpoint of those from inside the anti-virus companies and a personal story of someone infected by a virus. a contrarian hacker interview would’ve been nice.

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  • Sun, Apr 05, 2009 - 08:34pm

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    Re: OFF topic? 60 minutes warns about Conflicker worm

Hey I have the worm too and I cant get rid of it could anyone help me? I just was able to get on the internet. I really need help!

  • Sun, Apr 05, 2009 - 08:48pm

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    Re: OFF topic? 60 minutes warns about Conflicker worm

This software advertises that it removes this particular bug:

http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor-antivirus/?ref=google&gclid=CICq9erN2pkCFQ_yDAodjnLNWA

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