Thank you, Microsoft.
Infections as a result of the infamous Conficker (Downadup) worm have peaked at around the 10m PC mark.
Variants of Conficker use a variety of methods to spread, including exploiting the MS08-067 vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows server service patched by Redmond in October. Once it gets a foothold within corporate networks, Conficker is programmed to spread across local area networks. The worm also spreads between infected USB sticks and Windows PCs.
Compromised Windows PCs are turned into drones in a botnet, programmed to phone home through a changing series of servers. It's this latter behaviour that has allowed F-secure to track the progress of the worm over the last two weeks or so. Its latest educated guess of the size of the botnet is 10m strong as of Friday, 23 January, 1m up on the 9 million of the week before.
Monday, January 26, 2009
And if THAT isn't enough...
Courtesy of The Register ("Biting the hand that feeds IT"), here's some more good news: