Don't become a victim to the Conflicer worm


There’s a Windows worm running wild out there—“skyrocketing,” in BBC parlance—so you’d best have your install all patched up and your anti-virus software up to date. Or, you know, get a Mac, biased Biggs often jokes in the official CrunchGear chat room.

The worm, primarily known as Conflicker, spread widely over the holidays, when companies’ IT staffs were on break. It does pretty much all the nasty things that worms are known to do: sneak in, either via the Internet or via the old Sneakernet (USB drives and the like), change your password, start running services that download further code from some Web site, etc.

Microsoft has already issued a patch, and anti-virus software has been updated, too. So if you get infected, well, it’s your own fault.

“Bottom line it for me, Sam.” Patch up!

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