The Conficker worm, which has enslaved millions of computers worldwide and enraptured the media, finally showed its hand Thursday and proved itself to be all about the money.
An undetermined number of infected machines had been updated with new instructions from the worm’s authors during the past week. The updates were delivered from other infected machines in a peer-to-peer methodology.
Eight days after a critical security flaw in Internet Explorer was publicised on a Chinese website, Microsoft is still working on trying to fix the world’s most widely used internet browser – and the bad guys are having a field day.
When news of the vulnerability was still only three days old, according to Microsoft’s researchers, there was already a spate of malware written to take advantage of it: