Conficker: Over 300,000 Domains Blocked, Millions Infected
Apr 01, 2009, 00:14 (11 Talkback[s])
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"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.""
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