Thursday, April 02, 2009

Conficker: Much To do About Nothing?

Here we go again. Another Virus, another media hype. Thanks to "60 Minutes", I had to spend about 6 hours researching Conficker on Monday and writing a letter to my clients to make sure they were calm. What the media is not telling you is that the vat majority of Conficker infections are in Russia, Brazil, China and the Phillipines. Why? Because those countries have a overwhelming amount of pirated copies of Windows which cannot be patched.

What is the Lesson:

1. Apply OS patches as soon as they are released. The MS08-067 patch was available two weeks before Conficker was created.
2. When Microsoft releases a patch on a day other than Black Tuesday, pay attention.
3. Install Winpatrol
4. Install Spybot Search and Destroy
5. Install Free AVG

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