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[News] Doomsday for Windows Begins (GMT), Winner is GNU/Linux

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Conficker: GNU/Linux's way to mainstream

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| I personally hope that the Conficker/Downup/Downadup/Kido computer worm — 
| that surfaced in October 2008 and targets the Microsoft Windows operating 
| system, that activates on April 1st — shows Windows users just how insecure 
| the Windows operating system is, and how slow Microsoft is to react to it, 
| and “patch” it.    
| The Windows operating system has always been insecure — and I don’t mean as 
| in self-esteem, although :b 


Repeat after me: Conficker is a Windows virus 

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| Why does the general media - and quite often the tech media too - avoid 
| naming the culprit? Is it because they are afraid of offending Microsoft? Or 
| is it plain ignorance?  
| If you leave Swiss cheese lying around your pantry, can you blame mice for 
| wanting to creep in and eat it at night? 


Letter from a CIO: why Conficker won't hurt our company 

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| You know a virus is making it in the news when your network’s users start 
| asking you about it (instead of the latest round of "good news virus" 
| hoaxes.) It's prudent for those in technical leadership roles to send out 
| encouraging messages why nobody need panic. Here’s a template e-mail you can 
| copy-and-paste, with versions for Windows, Linux and Mac infrastructures!    
| [...]
| Dear all,
| You may have heard about a super-virus which is being discussed in the 
| mainstream media. Some have asked me about this and I appreciate their 
| concern for the safety of our data and systems.  
| I'd like to take this opportunity to give assurance to everyone that Initech 
| takes seriously the integrity and security of its information. 
| This is the reason why we use the Linux operating system exclusively, for our 
| servers and desktop and laptop computers. It is impervious to this latest 
| virus threat which, like every other one, affects inferior systems running 
| Microsoft Windows.   
| This virus threat will not – and in fact can not – infect any of our 
| computing devices and tomorrow will be business as usual. 
| Your home computers may not necessarily be so safe. Consequently, you might 
| like to take this opportunity to consider installing Ubuntu Linux instead. 
| Have a great day!


It’s raining free Conficker protection: get it now! 

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| The dreaded Conficker worm is constantly in the news these days, with 
| consumers and businesses worldwide now bracing themselves for another 
| expected attack from the malicious worm predicted to sweep the Internet on 
| April Fool’s Day tomorrow.   


Scareware scammers latch onto Conficker hype

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| Scammers are taking advantage of the huge interest in the 
| impending "activation" of the Conficker superworm by poisoning search engine 
| results.  


How will the April Fools' computer worm affect you?

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| Conficker.c is a worm, a malicious program thought to have already infected 
| between 5 million and 10 million computers. 
| Those infections haven't spawned many symptoms, but on April 1 a master 
| computer is scheduled to gain control of these zombie machines, said Don 
| DeBolt, director of threat research for CA, a New York-based IT and software 
| company.   


Busted! Conficker's tell-tale heart uncovered

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| Security experts have made a breakthrough in their five-month battle against 
| the Conficker worm, with the discovery that the malware leaves a fingerprint 
| on infected machines that is easy to detect using a variety of off-the-shelf 
| network scanners.   


53 Pages, 10 Months, 1295 Infected Hosts, 103 Countries, And They Still Can't
Say "Windows Malware"

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| "Vast Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries"-- sounds promising, right? 
| In the New York Times, no less, so it should be good. Well, no, I was rather 
| disappointed at yet another security analysis that left out vital 
| information-- which operating systems and applications were vulnerable. If it 
| were Linux or Mac do you think they would be so tight-lipped? Why is the 
| Dalai Lama running Windows?     


Counting down to Conficker

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| "No one knows who controls Conficker, so it could be controlled by 
| terrorists," he writes. "It could also be controlled by the kid who played 
| Urkel on 'Family Matters.' "  



Final countdown to Conficker 'activation' begins

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| Starting on 1 April, Windows PCs infected by the latest variant of the
| Conficker worm (Conficker-C) will start attempting to contact a sample of
| 50,000 pre-programmed potential call-home web servers from which they might
| receive updates, a massive increase on the 250 potential web server locales
| used by earlier variants of the code.


Virus strikes 15 million PCs

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| A virulent computer virus has infected as many as 15 million computers around
| the world so far, according to various estimates.
| The virus -- a self-replicating computer worm known as Downadup, Conficker or
| Kido -- spreads across computer networks using Microsoft Windows software
| which have not been patched or updated properly. Microsoft issued a patch
| that fixes the vulnerability the virus exploits last October.

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