Well today was April Fools day and our favourite media virus Conficker was written-up many times over the past week in the papers and shown via newscasts all over the world. Surprise! The virus did was it was told it contacted its generated servers, only to do nothing, and the internet is still alive!
This threat is NOT over! Why the media and security organizations chose April 1st as doomsday is a mystery and was based mainly on speculation by reverse engineering the code. There are still many unpatched computers out there which need to be attended to. This day has been anti-climatic, CNET’s Conficker blog was boring to read, and we’ll have to wait until the hackers decide to make their next move, most likely during a quiet time when less IT and security staff are working.
My shift at the CCS IT HelpDesk in the library consisted of a 10-second power outage and the regular library help questions. The power outage turned off all desktop computers with stressed students working madly away to finish their last-minute assignments. I delt with about 6 lost assignments after the power outage. I was only able to recover 2 of the 6. Its ironic how people who lose their assignments almost always recognize that they SHOULD have been saving to the designated places stated on the desktop backgrounds. It’s unfortunate that most computer users do not read anything on their screens and continue to click OK and YES the majority of the time. You can blame Microsoft and Apple for accustoming their users to this.
On that note, those devious hackers also figured out how to get their search ratings high-up on Google’s results. Simply googling “Conficker” in Google generates many results, the majority of which are bad (as they have viruses or malware ready to download). This caused many curious users are used to just “clicking” to infect themselves with the virus.
If you haven’t done so, please patch your computers, use Firefox, and make sure your virus definitions are up to date. If you’re running an illegal version of the windows, make sure you check your computers thoroughly or buy a real copy.
The internet is a dangerous place. Be prepared. Lets see what the media says about Conficker now. If you’re looking for more information about it, please refer to the links below. I’ll keep you updated on its status.