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    Default After one year, Conficker infects 7 million computers

    The Conficker worm has passed a dubious milestone. It has now infected more than 7 million [m] computers, security experts estimate. On Thursday, researchers at the volunteer-run Shadowserver Foundation logged computers from more than 7 million unique IP addresses, all infected by the known variants of Conficker.
    They have been able to keep track of Conficker infections by cracking the algorithm the worm uses to look for instructions on the Internet and placing their own "sinkhole" servers on the Internet domains it is programmed to visit. Conficker has several ways of receiving instructions, so the bad guys have still been able to control PCs, but the sinkhole servers give researchers a good idea how many machines are infected.
    Although Conficker is probably the computer worm most known about, PCs continue to get infected by it, said Andre DiMino, co-founder of The Shadowserver Foundation. "The trend is definitely increasing and breaking 7 million is pretty much of a landmark event," he said.
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    This is depressing and could be so easily stopped.

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    If only people are using brain.exe, they can stop this thing from happening. This worm is using the same generic methods on infecting Pc users. This worm can be even blocked or prevented from doing any damage if there OS and browsers are fully configured and updated.

    * Conficker.A required nothing more than a properly configured firewall, with special attention given to the user's file sharing permissions.

    * Conficker.B didn't even require any security product to block -- only proper procedures/polices regarding USB.

    Rmus - Exploit Analyst

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceyfer View Post
    If only people are using brain.exe, they can stop this thing from happening.
    LOL, I agree but people should have brain.exe installed and working too

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    Once I too heard and then faced it and it was a nice experience with it.... learned lots of thins from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ceyfer View Post
    If only people are using brain.exe, they can stop this thing from happening.
    brain.exe : like that

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    ^brain.exe.............cool...the only thing left to develop....

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    That's strange. My cousin laptop runs on a expired norton AV for like 7 months. Did not get infected with Conficker. I just checked it.
    It makes me wonder how conficker works on computer with NO antivirus software?

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