Behind the World-wide Cornficker Cyberwar June 20, 2010Posted by tkcollier in cool stuff.
This long article is the one-of-the-best layman’s introduction to a war going on behind-the-scenes as we surf the net.
As of this writing, 17 months after it appeared and about a year after the April 1 update, Conficker has created a stable botnet. It consists of anywhere from hundreds of thousands of computers to 12 million. No one knows for sure anymore, because with peer-to-peer communications, the worm no longer needs to check in with an outside command center, which is how the good guys kept count. Joffe estimates that with the four distinct strains (yet another one appeared on April 8, 2009), 6.5 million computers are probably infected.
The investigators see no immediate chance or even any effective way to kill it.