If you’ve been watching the news, you are probably getting a little nervous about now. It’s only a few short hours until the scheduled *hit* of the April Fool’s virus… and no, this isn’t a joke.
It is stage two of one of the most destructive computer worms ever known – a conficker worm dubbed the “cyberworm of mass destruction”.
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Downadup (or Conficker) is a network worm that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in Windows to spread. Its removal is complicated by the fact that it blocks many known antivirus software and associated websites.
BitDefender Labs has detected a new and more aggressive Downadup version. It spreads using a Windows RPC Server Service vulnerability and is called Win32.Worm.Downadup.Gen.
The worm itself is not new, it made its first appearance late November 2008, known under the names Conficker or Kido as well exploiting the vulnerability described in the Microsoft security bulletin MS08-067. After successful exploitation it used to install rogue security software on the infected machine.
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