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Conficker: Over 300,000 Domains Blocked, Millions Infected

Apr 01, 2009, 00:14 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"And not a moment too soon. The worm, which is also known as Downadup, Kido, Confick and the April Fool's Day worm, is creating a vast botnet with an as-yet-unknown purpose. One of the few facts researchers know about the worm is that it's designed to begin seeking out new orders from its creators on April 1.

"Technology vendors are actively doing what they can to ensure that the worm is detected and blocked -- a massive undertaking that's yielded some staggering statistics as the industry locks down botnet-controlled domains and hunts infected PCs.

""We have blocked over 300,000 names so far in the domains that we support," Heather Read, senior director for communications at top-level domain (TLD) operator Afilias, told InternetNews.com. "We expect that, over the course of the year, this number will be significantly more, likely in excess of one million names.""
Don't forget to include this in your next TCO calculations!--ed.

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