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Dept. Homeland Security Releases Conficker Tool

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 21 comments

We’re living out the last hours of March 2009 and as April 1 draws closer, questions are mounting about the Conficker virus and what will happen once the clock ticks past midnight.

While we’re not exactly panicked (and many of you seem pretty chill about it too), the tech world is likening it to the fear surrounding the Y2K bug and experts are working flat out to try and discover a fix in time. While yesterday brought news of both the origin of the virus and a way to detect infected computers, the Department of Homeland Security late yesterday announced the launch of a DHS-developed detection tool that can be used by the federal government, commercial vendors, state and local governments, and critical infrastructure owners/operators to scan their networks for the malware.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that the tool has been made available to federal and state partners via the Government Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams Portal, and to private sector partners through the IT and Communications sector Information Sharing and Analysis Centers, adding that additional outreach to partners will continue in the coming days.

With all this talk of how to detect infected computers, people are wondering what they’re supposed to do if they actually manage to detect which, if any, computers in their network are infected. DHS says the system or computer should be removed from the network and home users should make sure they’re not hooked up to the internet. While these seems like an extreme (and kind of lame) way to prevent whatever it is we’re trying to prevent, it sure beats ponying up for some fake security software  from the likes of conficker.org or other sites seeking to make money from people freaking out over the possibility of giant lasers, World War III or world domination at the hands of Catbert.

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    alentor , March 31, 2009 11:50 AM
    lol, thats my first commet ;d
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    randomizer , March 31, 2009 12:11 PM
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!
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    turbolover22 , March 31, 2009 3:00 PM
    Does anybody have any links (from a reputable site) to this tool?
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    mtyermom , March 31, 2009 3:14 PM
    OH NOES!
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    Greatwalrus , March 31, 2009 3:39 PM
    turbolover22Does anybody have any links (from a reputable site) to this tool?

    I might be mistaken, but this article made it sound like it's not available to the consumer.

    randomizerAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!

    lol.
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    waikano , March 31, 2009 3:57 PM
    Feds only....It's a conspiracy man.....
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    waikano , March 31, 2009 3:57 PM
    Note to self, add sarcasm tags next time.
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2009 4:08 PM
    bs press release, no link....our tax dollars at work our tax dollars at work
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    Anonymous , March 31, 2009 4:17 PM
    can't you just set your computer time forward to april 1st to see if it really is true??
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    Greatwalrus , March 31, 2009 4:25 PM
    l2jccan't you just set your computer time forward to april 1st to see if it really is true??

    Lol, good thinking, but as far as I know, Conficker is controlled remotely and the creators just have to "press a button" whenever they want it to do something. So in other words, the creators will press that button when they want to (on april 1st)
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    g-thor , March 31, 2009 4:28 PM
    Maybe I'm cynical, but this really makes me wonder. I would want a software engineer to evaluate the DHS program to make sure it isn't installing any spyware of its own, or maybe a backdoor access for the government.

    Darn, where's my tinfoil hat? :^0
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    m3kt3k , March 31, 2009 4:30 PM
    LOL I just had a customer that got it from there mom who works at the courts. I told her I needed to "Research" it. Maby I should post it somehwhere lol.
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    tommysch , March 31, 2009 5:02 PM
    APRIL 1 ... Doesnt that ring a bell in your head?
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    frozenlead , March 31, 2009 5:08 PM
    This is almost as good as War Games.
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    JonnyDough , March 31, 2009 6:51 PM
    Releasing the counter-agent is exactly what those hacking bastards wanted us to do. They now know exactly how we respond to cyber war. we should have just acted disinterested and spread it through the media channels that we are all switching to Linux anyway. Way to go governors. Now we can all bow to our new Chinese overlords.
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    JonnyDough , March 31, 2009 7:00 PM
    Maybe the fed is pretending to say the Chinese made the worm, just so the Swedes don't know that we're really on to them. Smug Swedish bastards. It's our weekly "Hate a European Nation Day" at work, sorry.
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    wrack , March 31, 2009 11:16 PM
    April 1st here in Australia.
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    ZeroTech , April 1, 2009 4:06 AM
    Maybe the privileged of deciding what action to make the worm do is being sold in the black market :p 
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    trogrey121 , April 1, 2009 4:42 AM
    All about conficker:
    http://www.microsoft.com/protect/computer/viruses/worms/conficker.mspx

    All about the patch to the hole conficker uses:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958644

    Download page for the patch
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0D5F9B6E-9265-44B9-A376-2067B73D6A03&displaylang=en
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    JonnyDough , April 1, 2009 5:57 AM
    ZeroTechMaybe the privileged of deciding what action to make the worm do is being sold in the black market


    Racist! We whites have illegal markets too!
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