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Computer Worm Baffles Even the Nerdiest Nerds

by Karen Garcia


Tags: Science and technology, computer worm, Conficker, cyberspace, malware, spyware, The Week, The Atlantic,

Virus warning

Most computer users have experienced their share of malware and spyware. Now there is a worm with characteristics that have computer whizzes scratching their heads. It’s called Conficker. “No one knows who created it. No one knows how to stop it or kill it. And no one even knows for sure why it exists,” writes Mark Bowden in The Atlantic.

In a fast-paced cat-and-mouse narrative, Bowden tracks the rise of Conficker, which has invaded 6 to 7 million machines worldwide since its arrival in late 2008.

A substantially trimmed version of the piece also appeared in The Week, which less tech-savvy readers may find more digestible than the tangential meanderings of the full piece.

Source: The Week, The Atlantic

Image by Nils Geylen, licensed under Creative Commons.