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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:29 PM
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TrendMicro: possibly the biggest virus we have ever seen
possibly the biggest virus we have ever seen

Nasty worm wriggles into millions of computers
http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Nasty_worm_wriggles_into_m...


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.
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kimmerspixelated Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:35 PM
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1. These fuckers need to have their dick tied to a stump
then doused with gasoline, torched with fire and then handed a knife, to "save" themselves!
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FriendlyReminder Donating Member (174 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:31 PM
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8. That's a good start.....
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:37 PM
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2. Is this the one that Microsoft was supposed to send a "patch" on . . .??
I never got a patch from Microsoft -- did anyone else????
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sentelle Donating Member (659 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:57 PM
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5. the patch
was sent last october. do your windows update. if there are no new updates available, then you are OK.
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Dont_Bogart_the_Pretzel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:34 PM
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9. well....the last time I dad an update, I had to and reinstall !!!
I can tell you this, I gonna stick with Linux. Window$ can kiss my @ss.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 12:02 AM
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10. Can you repeat that . . . just a little clearer . . . ? Hate Windows... what's Linux???
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dkofos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:38 PM
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3. Gee, let me guess, another attack on windoze.
The Penguin is my friend.
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pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 04:47 PM
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4. Everyone needs to see this. K&R.
"Downadup uses brute force from the infected network of botnets to break the password of the machine being attacked," Perry said. "That is something never seen before and I find it disturbing."

Perry urges people to harden passwords by mixing in numbers, punctuation marks, and upper-case letters. Doing so makes it millions of times harder for passwords to be deduced, according to Perry.

"This is necessary in a world where malware hacks passwords," Perry said.

"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."


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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:10 PM
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6. Wow ...good ol Brute Force password cracker. I used that long ago ...hacked a bunch of .edu
Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 05:11 PM by L0oniX
Back in the day we used Brute Force all the time along with port sniffers and scanners. I guess it's new for some of the new century hackers but it's old to me. Any good admin would see the attempt and block it. I think I still have that app somewhere.
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Wiley50 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-21-09 05:20 PM
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7. Brute Force is an app?
I just assumed that it used a botnet of previously conquered machines like a supercomputer of sorts- kinda like Folding At Home to crack the password by trying all of the possible combinations.

But I'm not a computer geek by any means

Thanks
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L0oniX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-22-09 09:46 AM
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11. Yes Brute Force is an app but it's not something you can find unless you hang with others who hack.
I still have it and I got it from hacker friends on IRC back in the late 90's.
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