Origins: Conficker.C (also known as Kido or Downadup) is the third iteration of a worm which first began slithering its way onto Windows-based PCs in November 2008, with each version growing more sophisticated than the last. Like many other forms of malware, after it has infected a target computer (by downloading a Trojan), it tries to prevent its removal by disabling anti-virus software and blocking access to security-related web sites, as well as stealing personal information by masquerading as an anti-virus product:
On 1 April 2009, infected computers started attempting to "call home" (i.e., contact control servers in the botnet) in order to receive Conficker updates, a process which some claims held would produce an apocalyptic cyber-event on that date and result in millions of computers being wiped out or large portions of the Internet being disabled. In the event, nothing (obviously) momentous occurred on
"We expect that they have achieved their aim of building a fairly bullet-proof botnet, and will now simply farm it, which means they'll probably harvest credit card numbers, bank accounts and identities from as many victims as possible, and then do it all again," he said.
The Conficker Working Group also offers a quick
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