Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Ia DownAdUP (it don't add up)

The international computer industry is all aquiver RE: the latest "killer bee" issue, AKA: Conficker (or the less catchy DownAdUP) worm. The nerd talking-heads have been all over this since November of last year (2008) when the worm first reared it's ugly head. Since then top people in the computer industry have been busy as heck on this deal. Microsoft became macrohard and offered a $250,000 USD bounty on the do-badders who created this thing, dead or alive! Yeah! (Ok, I was kidding about the 'dead or alive' thing. Sorry.)

Well here it is April 1, 2009 (04-01-09), the expected activation date of the Conficker worm, and so far nothing. Actually nobody expected anything to go down today. Those who watch these sorts of things say that between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 computers have been infected world-wide (which is a weird variation if you think about it. Let's take 1,000,000 as a base number even though it could be 1,000,000 more. Could it also be 1,000,000 less? Hmm?)Threat analyst Paul Ferguson of Trend Micro computer security says, "It doesn't seem to be doing anything now." He continues, "the big mystery is what those behind Conficker are going to do. When they have this many machines under their control it is kind of scary. With a click of the mouse they could get thousands of machines to do whatever they want." Just like the Transformers. Cool.

Anyway... Humouroceros

My home computer. On the tower you can see the Compostex 48 Anti-virus peripheral. The only anti-virus you will ever need.


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