Media Adds to Hype over Conficker

Kara Reeder

While some security researchers are saying fears over an April 1 meltdown caused by the Conficker worm are greatly exaggerated, the media is doing its part to build up the hype.

 

"60 Minutes" recently did an expose on Conficker, calling it "one of the most dangerous threats ever." The story goes on to say,

"With one click, the worm's creator can instruct it to suck sensitive data, like bank passwords and account numbers, out of millions of computers, or launch a massive spam attack to clog up the works."

CNET News offers a much less hysterical FAQ sheet about Conficker to help clear up some of the confusion.

 

Curious Web surfers looking for more information on Conficker may actually end up infecting themselves with the worm, according to Symantec. PCWorld reports that searching "conficker" in popular search engines brings up a number of fake Web sites that actually host the virus and infect any users that visit the site. But with stories like the U.K. parliament computer network being infected with the virus, it's easy to see why people want more information.

 

Even with a $250,000 bounty, the author(s) remains at large. However, BKIS, a Vietnamese security firm, believes it has found clues that the virus may have originated from China.



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