Confickering The Week Away

Conficker, say it with me now, “Con-Fick-er”. I don’t even need to link to anything. All you have to do is read any website about information security this week and you can read something about Conficker. Its been covered to death, but like a flesh eating Zombie, it keeps coming back for more. zombie1.jpg It got ALL the press today (as I write this on April 1, 2009). I woke up this morning and started watching the news, they were talking about Conficker. I got to work (I work from home, so this means I walked downstairs to my office) and my bosses laptop crashed. Everyone joked that it was Conficker. I then proceeded to write a blog posting about Conficker and the cool ways it can be detected. Twitter was buzzing with talk of Conficker, what will it do? Has anyone seen anything? If it wasn’t a blog post centered around an April fool’s joke (okay, some were really funny, like the ASS certification), it was a post about Conficker. Why does a virus/worm get so much press? I’ve struggled to come up with a good reason. It defies logic in my opinion. Lets pretend that I become frustrated with being a jedi whitehat and make the switch to the dark side because I was confused and thought my powers could be used by evil to do good. The first thing I would want to do in order to take over the universe would be to create a botnet, which means I need a worm. I want my botnet to be large and powerful, which means it needs lots of compromised systems. The LAST thing I want is the code I use to achieve supremacy over the universe to be talked about on every major news outlet, blog, twitter, web site, and analyzed by researchers across the globe. So what gives? It certainly could not be the author’s intention to gain popularity. We can speculate all day and night about why we made a big deal about this, but in the end I have to wonder, what else went on this week (and especially today) that we all missed because we were to busy Confickering?
Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian is currently the Principal Security Evangelist for Eclypsium, focused on firmware and supply chain security awareness. Paul’s passion for firmware security extends back many years to the WRT54G hacking days and reverse engineering firmware on IoT devices for fun. Paul and his long-time podcast co-host Larry Pesce co-authored the book “WRTG54G Ultimate Hacking” in 2007, which fueled the firmware hacking fire even more. Paul has worked in technology and information security for over 20 years, holding various security and engineering roles in a lottery company, university, ISP, independent penetration tester, and security product companies such as Tenable. In 2005 Paul founded Security Weekly, a weekly podcast dedicated to hacking and information security. In 2020 Security Weekly was acquired by the Cyberrisk Alliance. Paul is still the host of one of the longest-running security podcasts, Paul’s Security Weekly, he enjoys coding in Python & telling everyone he uses Linux.

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