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Mar. 24th, 2009

09:10 pm - Windows Users: Important!!

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Next week, at 8pm EST/00:00 GST, the Conficker worm will download its next code update..
This from databeast, he's a pro, trust his judgment:

Conficker

I've spent the last 4 months spending damn near my every waking hour fighting this thing.

If you have no idea what I'm talking about.. just go google 'Conficker' now.. I'll be happy to answer any questions

In the meantime, go to http://windowsupdate.microsoft.com/ and downloaded every last update on there

Tell your friends to do the same

If you cant reach that site, you are already infected. Take your machine offline and get it disinfected by a professional.

But remember this, right now If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem

Conficker is shaping up to be the scariest, largest botnet ever to have existed. If you use Windows as your operating system, and you dont regularly update it, you are part of the problem, and your computer is likely now the property of some shadowy criminal syndicate based out of God-Knows-Where.

If you arent a Windows user, but you know people who are, tell them the above instructions. We have less than 7 days until what could, in the worst case scenario, be the most destructive event ever witnessed on the internet, a vast, data-stealing network owned by an organized crime syndicate. We aren't talking science fiction here folks.

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From:sandokai
Date:March 25th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
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Why isn't it more all over the media?

Hmmm, should we stop using PC's at work?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:March 25th, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
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I'd hope whomever does your IT both keeps them updated and also runs virus software, firewalls, and the like, ne?
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From:jmanna
Date:March 25th, 2009 02:25 am (UTC)
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Actually there was a hubbub about it at the beginning of the year.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:March 25th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
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And it looks like it's all over the tech media, in addition to being in the NYT a few days back. Just not on most of the mainstream outlets, who don't usually track these things anyway, as far as i can tell. No one knows if it's a scare tactic/April Fool's joke or something deadly serious. Better safe than sorry though.
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From:elegantelbow
Date:March 25th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
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should we stop using PC's at work?

Depending on where you work and how you work, you might consider whether Linux would be a more effective platform.
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From:br0ken_dolly
Date:March 25th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
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mind if i repost this?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:March 25th, 2009 03:10 am (UTC)
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Not at all. And databeast actively wanted people to repost it. "The More You Know," and all that.
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From:br0ken_dolly
Date:March 25th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
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excellent!

this is some crazy shit.
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From:gothaminserenia
Date:March 25th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)

More conficker links

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You know, if these genius hackers really need my 50 kbps of dialup to power their "fearsome" botnet, then I must be driving them nuts given how frequently I pick up & drop the connection.

Anyway, a mainstream media article, dated today ...
http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/technology/2009-03-24-conficker-computer-worm_N.htm

Annoyingly, it took forever to find out what OS's are affected ...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conficker

Dangit, usually the hackers go gunning for XP & Vista now, you'd think I'd be off the hook with Win2000. But at least it's still faster & has nine less years of Microsoft bloatware.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:March 25th, 2009 02:04 pm (UTC)
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The thing's already running rampant enough, and very hard to clear, evidently.

It's also sort of a virus tradition for nasties to go off April 1. The joke, of course, being "haha, we infected your ass."
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From:djsparkydog
Date:March 25th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
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Nailed this 0 day.
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From:xaiax
Date:March 25th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
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/me tries to come up with a non-spoilery Watchmen reference

*mumble mumble*

... updating our security settings and awareness by creating a monstrous threat to overcome ...
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