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Virus strikes 15 million PCs - be careful

LONDON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A virulent computer virus has infected more than 15 million computers around the world so far, British experts say. The Independent on Sunday reported that the worm -- known as Downadup, Conficker or Kido -- had contaminated 6 million PCs in the past three days alone.
The newspaper said more than 3,000 British organizations, including hospitals and the Ministry of Defense, have received the virus.
Officials in Britain, the United States, Russia, China and India say they are waiting to see what the virus's effects will be, if anything.
The newspaper reported there is a possibility the virus has no function other than to demonstrate its originator's skill, but some security experts think it unlikely a worm so sophisticated at this one would have no ulterior purpose.
Tom Gaffney, technical manager of F-Secure, says this could be to capture confidential information, such as online account details and passwords. He said it is likely the worm is a "rootkit," which gives the virus designer administrative access to remote computers.



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The worm, known by several names including Conficker and Downandup, has been spreading by taking advantage of a flaw in a Windows Server service that Microsoft patched last October. Conficker can also spread by guessing administrative passwords on a network and infecting USB devices that connect to computers.
Infection rates in the U.S. are closer to the 1 percent level, Huger said.


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One big part of this thing spreading is because it can get onto usb sticks.
Be careful when putting in a usb stick, normally you get choices like "browse folder contents", "run program" etc..
This thing makes the usb drive support autorun, so when that menu comes up, one of the options is to run the virus. This is cleverly disguised though, the icon for it looks like the "browse folder contents" button, and the wording is identical. So you think you are just browsing it, which can't cause infection, but are in reality running it.
There is a visual cue it's not legit, this "browse folder contents" is under the "Run program" section.


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