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Mar 19, 2009

Worming the Internet

Unprecedented collaboration between ICANN, antivirus vendors, other malware security professionals and domain name registrars in US, China and elsewhere is seeking to neutralize the Conficker/Downadup worm. The worm's authors evidently intended the worm to download payloads from any of a long list of domains, so the security community has been busily registering or regaining control of those domains to prevent them being abused.

Microsoft has offered $250k for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those behind Conficker/Downadup, a sign that Internet security issues are bad for all Internet users, not least the big businesses that depend on it.

Meanwhile, a third variant of the worm has been detected with a trigger date of April 1st. This could be big.