Saturday, January 17, 2009
New corporate network virus may have infected 8 million machines this week (downadup virus)
Barry Neild of CNN has a report on the “Downadup” virus that has infected 8 million or so windows PC’s, mostly on corporate networks. It seems to spread when an infected laptop is connected to a network. It seems to be a sleeper poised to steal personal and financial information later. Most of the infections occurred this week. The worm is also known as "Conficker".
The CNN story is here.
In a related develop McAfee now offers a Fourth Annual Virtual Criminology Report now. Visitors must register. The link is here. The report appears to pay particular attention to “social engineering.”
Update: Jan 28, 2009
AOL offers a similar story from Switched, here. It is also called the Conficker virus.