Conficker Worm Slimy and Sticky

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by Doug Barney

The Conficker worm, an RPC attack that's been in the wild since last October, is taking a squishing but it keeps on wriggling.

And the fact that the worm is still very much alive has been the source of much finger-pointing. CERT, for instance, claims that it's Windows' Autorun that makes it so easy for the worm to slink from machine to machine. CERT advices that Autorun be disabled and criticizes Microsoft for what it calls "ineffective" guidelines. Microsoft's answer? Poppycock!