Don’t Know How Real This Is… But This Is From The NEW YORK TIMES
From The New York Times…
A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world’s leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.
In recent weeks a worm, a malicious software program, has swept through corporate, educational and public computer networks around the world. Known as Conficker or Downadup, it is spread by a recently discovered Microsoft Windows vulnerability, by guessing network passwords and by hand-carried consumer gadgets like USB keys.
Many computer users may not notice that their machines have been infected, and computer security researchers said they were waiting for the instructions to materialize, to determine what impact the botnet will have on PC users. It might operate in the background, using the infected computer to send spam or infect other computers, or it might steal the PC user’s personal information.
Unraveling the program has been particularly challenging because it comes with encryption mechanisms that hide its internal workings from those seeking to disable it.
Computer security researchers expect that within days or weeks the bot-herder who controls the programs will send out commands to force the botnet to perform some as yet unknown illegal activity.
The worm has reignited a debate inside the computer security community over the possibility of eradicating the program before it is used by sending out instructions to the botnet that provide users with an alert that their machines have been infected.
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For the first time ever… LCO has had over 100,000 unique visitors within one month. We went from 17 visitors less than a year ago to 101K for June. I’ll admit that I never expected that anyone would be interested in the rantings of a cockeyed lunatic…. I started this thing to lower my blood pressure… It seems that there are lots of folks that are also cockeyed lunatics with blood pressure issues…
And… It would seem that the world has no shortage of people and governments that insist on doing ridiculous stuff for us to point and laugh at.
I can’t say that this is a “secret” of mine… Anyone who knows me knows this is one of my favorite passtimes!
I can’t believe so much good stuff got posted back then… No Wonder I Was Sooo Tired!