“More than a year after doomsday reports hinted that the Conficker worm would bring down the Internet, one-in-10 Windows PCs still have not been patched to plug the hole the worm wriggles through, new data shows,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.
According to Qualys “25 of every 1,000 systems are currently infected with the worm,” Keizer reports. “Conficker’s botnet — anywhere between four and seven millions machines — is still intact, and by Qualys’ reckoning, significant numbers of PCs are still be vulnerable to attack.”
Keizer reports, “On last week’s one-year anniversary of the April 1 doomsday deadline, officials at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said the agency was preparing a report on the global struggle to keep Conficker at bay. Dubbed the Conficker Working Group, the collection of security experts and Internet domain authorities tried to cripple the worm by blocking it from updating its botnet. ‘In terms of learning, it’s been a great success,’ Rodney Joffe, a member of the group, told the IDG News Service’s Bob McMillan last week. ‘In terms of defeating Conficker, it’s gotten us nowhere.'”
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