26 Jan '11, 9am

Headless Conficker worm lives in computers: *The Conficker Working Group has been touted as a powerful example o...

*It was able to infect machines from the Internet or by hiding on USB memory sticks carrying data from one computer to another. *'Conficker is among the largest botnets in the past five years,' the report said. 'It combined a number of the best tricks and traps within malware.' *Conficker was designed to let cybercriminals take control of computers, perhaps to steal valuable data or use machines to fire off spam or launch attacks on websites or other online targets. *A task force assembled by Microsoft has been working to stamp out Conficker, also referred to as DownAdUp, and the software colossus placed a bounty of US$250,000 (S$319,893) on the heads of those responsible for the threat. *The author of Conficker has not been caught, but hints in the code have led some researchers to suspect the culprit lived in Eastern Europe. *The Conficker Working Group has been touted a...

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