A malware program called Conficker or Downadup, with evil intent, has infected up to 9 million computers world wide, according to the New York Times. The computer worm for Conficker or Downadup is spread by a weak spot in Microsoft Windows. Microsoft made a “patch” to fix the problem, yet the malware worm continues to spread rapidly.
The Conficker or Downadup worm is now in millions of computers and a second stage of the attack may be pending. Infected computers may be used as “botnets” to carry out evil missions of destruction including identity theft or spam blasts. Anxiety builds in computer experts as the worm infects ever more computers and the next phase of the attack is as of yet undefined.
The origin of Conficker or Downadup is unknown; the New York Times reports “the first version of the program checked to see if the computer had a Ukrainian keyboard layout. If it found such a keyboard, it would not infect the machine.” Could the creators thus be in the Ukraine?
Operating a computer at home is always an adventure. One wonders if the computer is infected with malware and one learns to just shut down the computer when fake security alerts pop up from malware. We all fancy ourselves computer literate but in reality most of us don’t understand the true workings of the computer.
I have remained “old school” in regard to my computer. I don’t do banking online or pay bills online. It still seems to risky given that huge companies have their databases hacked into all the time. They have computer experts on staff and their systems are still hacked into. For me all I have for a computer expert is my knowledge and I am self trained.
I prefer to keep anything that is private or needs security off the computer. One never knows when malware could get in and start spewing files to anyone on one’s contact list.
There are evil geniuses at work all over the world creating ever new malware. They are intent on wreaking havoc on a world level. Too many companies have outdated computers that do not receive regular updates and thus are vulnerable to attack. Our nation is so advanced in many ways and yet there are even reports that at the White House as Obama’s staff moves in they are shocked by the low tech equipment they see in the White House.
Who knows what evil lurks in the Conficker or Downadup malware. Stage two of the worm attack may soon be on America and computer experts are hard at work trying to prevent this malware from activating an attack.