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Panda Security posts warning about Conficker Worm

PandaLabs, Panda Security's malware analysis and detection laboratory, today revealed that almost 6% of the two mil...


January 21, 2009  


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PandaLabs, Panda Security’s malware analysis and detection laboratory, today revealed that almost 6% of the two million computers they scanned showed an infection by the malicious Conficker worm.

 

The worm, which originated in China, has now extended across 83 countries, and is particularly virulent in the U.S., Spain, Taiwan, Brazil and Mexico.

 

In the U.S. alone, PandaLabs has identified at least 18,000 infected computers, although the real figure could be much higher.

 

On Jan. 12, the company issued an orange alert, cautioning users to be wary of this worm that propagates itself through USB memory devices such as USB drives or MP3 players.

 

In investigating Conficker further, PandaLabs’ researchers have also discovered that some variants are launching brute force attacks to extract passwords from infected computers and from internal networks in companies. ]

 

“Of the two million computers analyzed, around 115,000 were infected with this malware, a phenomenon we haven’t seen since the times of the great epidemics of Kournikova or Blaster,” says Luis Corrons, technical director of PandaLabs.

 

“This is no doubt an epidemic and the worst may still be to come, as the worm could begin to download more malware onto computers or to spread through other channels.

 

Further information is available at www.pandalabs.com.