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Cybersecurity – Patriotism doesn’t always defend

Securityfix presents interesting analysis concerning conficker — seems the creators don’t mind soiling their native lands.

According to an analysis by Microsoft engineers, the original version of the Downadup (a.k.a. “Conficker”) worm will quit the installation process if the malware detects the host system is configured with a Ukrainian keyboard layout. However, the latest variant has no such restriction. Stats collected by Finnish computer security firm F-Secure show that Russia and Ukraine had the second and fifth-largest number of victims from the worm, 139,934 and 63,939, respectively, as of Tuesday, Jan. 20.

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A digital Pearl Harbor?

Conficker — the most recent pandemic in cyber space — is said to be connecting machines, at home, office and campuse, into botnets controlled by masters spread throught cyber space.  One consultant describes the potential of conficker as:

“If you’re looking for a digital Pearl Harbor, we now have the Japanese ships steaming toward us on the horizon,” said Rick Wesson, chief executive of Support Intelligence, a computer security consulting firm based in San Francisco.

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