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Canderis 03-31-2009 06:39 PM

April 1, internet "Timebomb"
 
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At some point on April 1, the Conficker virus, which has quietly infected millions of PCs worldwide to herd them into a "botnet" of linked machines, will phone home for new instructions.

Any thoughts? Hoax or real? What do you guys think it will do?

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igyman 03-31-2009 07:00 PM

I'm not infected, so I'm safe from whatever (if anything) happens. Besides, it's April 1st over here already and everything is as usual. Ah well, if it transforms into SkyNet and sends out hordes of Terminators, I guess the Americans will be hit first. :p

Meh, I think our time would be better spent figuring out this year's LucasForums April Fool's joke. ;)

jrrtoken 03-31-2009 07:02 PM

I find it odd that "they" say that they don't know what it will do. Obviously they aren't good hackers. :)

jonathan7 03-31-2009 07:04 PM

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Astor 03-31-2009 07:05 PM

Why April 1st? Surely any other day is just as good?

jrrtoken 03-31-2009 07:09 PM

I'm writing a trojan that will activate on April 20th, who wants to help?

Canderis 03-31-2009 07:11 PM

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Originally Posted by jonathan7 (Post 2609077)
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I dont get it....

jonathan7 03-31-2009 07:15 PM

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Originally Posted by Canderis (Post 2609081)
I dont get it....

Yoda, standard forum option for any poll ;)

Basically I'd say there isn't enough data to make a conclusion as to what the conflicker virus is going to do, though I'd estimate the current panic is in all likely hood an April fools.

Arcesious 03-31-2009 07:23 PM

I've done some research... Apparently conficker is known for taking advantage of weaknesses in Windows computers.

I'm not inviting a Mac vs. PC debate, all I'm saying is that if you want safe internet on April 1st, use a Mac.

This means I won't get to use my favorite PC's internet on that day though... :(

HK-42 03-31-2009 07:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Arcesious (Post 2609087)
I've done some research... Apparently conficker is known for taking advantage of weaknesses in Windows computers.

I'm not inviting a Mac vs. PC debate, all I'm saying is that if you want safe internet on April 1st, use a Mac.

This means I won't get to use my favorite PC's internet on that day though... :(

Well Mac users arnt completely safe, just from getting the worm, not sideeffects the worm could bring. Nobody knows what the point of the worm is, except that it disables many security sites, and it is programmed to get more instructions on April 1st. It could be anything, it could send spam to every computer in the world for all we know, after all it is 9 million+ computers affected.

jrrtoken 03-31-2009 07:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Arcesious (Post 2609087)
I've done some research... Apparently conficker is known for taking advantage of weaknesses in Windows computers.

Conficker is designed for Windows only, more specifically, the NT kernel. Using something like Win95/98/Me won't really affect it.
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I'm not inviting a Mac vs. PC debate, all I'm saying is that if you want safe internet on April 1st, use a Mac.
Do one better: install Linux. You won't want to back.

Web Rider 03-31-2009 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by PastramiX (Post 2609102)
Do one better: install Linux. You won't want to back.

Well, if Linux that good I know won't want Windows again.

jrrtoken 03-31-2009 08:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Web Rider (Post 2609110)
Well, if Linux that good I know won't want Windows again.

Well, it is good to have Windows put on something, in case WINE doesn't run a certain app, which is, fortunately, becoming more and more uncommon. But overall, there's a great deal of open-source programs that will generally outperform its Windows counterpart. Pidgin, a Linux IM client, can actually send messages over a variety of protocols, including MSN, AIM, and several others.

Oh, and Linux is free, but that's minor. :xp:

Darth Avlectus 03-31-2009 09:41 PM

Not sure, though I do find it odd that "organized crime" has a set date...kind of eliminates the secrecy to it.

If nothing else, protection security programs up and coming will get exposure...

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Originally Posted by PastramiX (Post 2609102)
Conficker is designed for Windows only, more specifically, the NT kernel. Using something like Win95/98/Me won't really affect it.Do one better: install Linux. You won't want to back.

I thought you had to be C++ literate to make any kind of practical use of it? :confused:

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Originally Posted by Web Rider (Post 2609110)
Well, if Linux that good I know won't want Windows again.

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Originally Posted by PastramiX (Post 2609111)
Well, it is good to have Windows put on something, in case WINE doesn't run a certain app, which is, fortunately, becoming more and more uncommon. But overall, there's a great deal of open-source programs that will generally outperform its Windows counterpart. Pidgin, a Linux IM client, can actually send messages over a variety of protocols, including MSN, AIM, and several others.

Oh, and Linux is free, but that's minor. :xp:

......Ok...? Where would I begin, exactly? (aside from looking up and downloading and all that jazz)

I guess it's best to be safe, rather than sorry. :giveup:

Sabretooth 03-31-2009 10:48 PM

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Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity (Post 2609154)
I thought you had to be C++ literate to make any kind of practical use of it? :confused:

For some of the more hardcore nerdy distros like Gentoo or Slackware, you have to compile the kernel and other fancy shiznit like that. Most other distros are made for level-headed people like you and me, though. They're as easy to install as Mac or Windows would be.

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Originally Posted by GTA:SWcity (Post 2609154)
......Ok...? Where would I begin, exactly? (aside from looking up and downloading and all that jazz)

Look for Ubuntu, it's the most popular easy distro at the moment and very smooth to operate for a non-Linux newbie. It should get you rolling along the Linux path and their forums are also very good to ask any questions you've got. Switching to Linux isn't exactly an instant change, you'll need a month max to get fully used to it and keep discovering more things as you go.

Also, I wouldn't rely on WINE so much either. Dual-boot for now, maybe when the WINE guys hit the Holy Grail, it might be worth switching over to for.

Samuel Dravis 03-31-2009 11:09 PM

The security hole that Conficker exploited was patched by Microsoft months before the worm was released. The only reason people should be infected is because they failed to keep their machine up to date. It's not MS's fault this time, folks. Saying it was so would be similar to considering the Apache web server full of security holes because someone's install of it hadn't been updated for a long time (that is, the same goes for Linux too).


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