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Yes We Did Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:33 PM
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HUGE worm attacking MILLIONS of PCs
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 01:34 PM by demdog78
A nasty worm has wriggled into millions of computers and continues to spread, leaving security experts wondering whether the attack is a harbinger of evil deeds to come.

US software protection firm F-Secure says a computer worm known as "Conficker" or "Downadup" had infected more than nine million computers by Tuesday and was spreading at a rate of one million machines daily.

The malicious software had yet to do any noticeable damage, prompting debate as to whether it is impotent, waiting to detonate, or a test run by cybercriminals intent on profiting from the weakness in the future.

"This is enormous; possibly the biggest virus we have ever seen," said software security specialist David Perry of Trend Micro.

http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Nasty_worm_wriggles_into_m...

I wonder if this is what keeps trying to attack my computer when I connect to my DSL...
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:35 PM
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1. Am not
:hide:
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:51 PM
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7. So its not a Burt. You're scratched from the list.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:36 PM
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2. I'm glad I don't have a pc. I am frequently glad about that. n/t
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alittlelark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:37 PM
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3. I LOVE my Mac!
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:27 PM
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16. I love my Commodore64!
Moral: There's little point in writing viruses that are only used by but a few.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:09 PM
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21. aw man, commodore 64! I wax nostalgic!!!
I would play Elite till my eyes bled. LOL
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:32 PM
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25. Best. Game. Ever. the whole reason I now play EVE.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:48 PM
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29. yes, indeed. way ahead of it's time. I have thinking about eve but I don't know enough about it.
are you able to land on planets and trade in commodities?
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 08:52 PM
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30. You don't "land on planets", but yah. You dock at space stations in solar systems...
and go system to system.

But in all essentials, EVE is what Elite wanted to be, but was far too constrained by technical limitations to even imagine being.

I believe they have a 2 week free trial - give it a shot!
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 11:22 AM
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35. Thanks, I think I wll! :) nt
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shanti Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:43 PM
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28. me too!
my 4 year old USED ibook runs better than the two generic laptops i bought a couple years ago (that are now dead as a doorknob). i love it.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:38 PM
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4. Just how big is this worm anyhoo????
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Yes We Did Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:48 PM
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5. Already infected several million...
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:49 PM
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6. Hmmm lots of data lost.... since yesterday.... hmm
:think:
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Staph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 01:55 PM
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8. Between the Huge Worm and ...
the drug Spice (http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph... ), I'm having flashes of Dune!

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Donnachaidh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:19 PM
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11. "Wait for my brother, mua dib". n/t
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Lucinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:20 PM
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12. LOL
Me too!
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:12 PM
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9. ...
:popcorn:

I feel another Mac vs PC flame war!!!
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:18 PM
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10. One day some hacker is going to write a virus for Macs,
then we'll see how "secure" a Mac really is.
:rofl:
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Belial Donating Member (503 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:24 PM
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14. They already have.. but if you are going to write a bot trojan..
why waste hitting the smallest market share?
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:42 PM
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19. If I was that kind of devious I would
Just because no one would suspect to look there.
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Renew Deal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:23 PM
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13. There is some really bad advice in that article!
"Go get a notebook, keep it next to your computer and record your password in it. No hacker in the world can hack the written page locked away in your office."

That is terrible advice. The worm can't get to the password, but coworkers, the cleaning crew, and others can easily get to the notebook. Passwords shouldn't be written down like that.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:39 PM
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26. and there is a "convenient" ad for free scan for a "for sale" product
Knocks wood... I have adaware & AVG and run updates daily ..and have never had a virus..

Are there really that many people who do not avail themselves of the free stuff out there??
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sentelle Donating Member (659 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:26 PM
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15. of course
if these same users had done the patches from MS over the last 3-4 months, they wouldnt HAVE the worm...

and before the mac users get on their high horse, I know about the mac patches too.
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mmonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:34 PM
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17. sharing the Mac experience. Crash different.
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 02:38 PM by mmonk
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juajen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:22 PM
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24. sentelle, they name is supercilious. NT
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shintao Donating Member (288 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:42 PM
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18. Where is the Gov. when we need them??
It seems to me the gov. could introduce a worm that would go out and destroy all the viruses and trojans. This gov. trojan would stay activated in the system and monitored by a gov. guru division.

So what is it? This might put someone out of business? This seems to be a National Security Issue to me. And it seems to me Hacker crimes are not stiff enough, maybe life in prison without a pc to play with is the answer??

This is all Al Gores "invented the Internet" fault!!
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 02:55 PM
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20. You're right, Government has failed
:cry:
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Fearless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:13 PM
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22. This is old and it has already been patched...
IN OCTOBER! :nopity:
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:35 PM
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31. Slow news day on DU......
I found a boatload of stuff to post that is fresh as peanuts.......

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HeeBGBz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:15 PM
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23. I might have gotten that
My computer was taken out yesterday after I ran a virus check. The only way I got it back was going into safe mode and then system restore. I worked all day yesterday trying to figure out what was happening.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 03:40 PM
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27. I recommend that you jump up and down on the sand, rhythmically
The Spice!
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varkam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 09:57 PM
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32. The Spice Must Flow!
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:06 PM
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33. You must remember the tooth
The tooth.

The tooth.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 10:08 PM
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34. A huge worm?
Is it like "Dune" in computers?
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