The Conficker Worm

The Enemy Within – Magazine – The Atlantic.

When the Conficker computer “worm” was unleashed on the world in November 2008, cyber-security experts didn’t know what to make of it. It infiltrated millions of computers around the globe. It constantly checks in with its unknown creators. It uses an encryption code so sophisticated that only a very few people could have deployed it. For the first time ever, the cyber-security elites of the world have joined forces in a high-tech game of cops and robbers, trying to find Conficker’s creators and defeat them. The cops are failing. And now the worm lies there, waiting …

This interesting article exposes the world of cyber-security and the constant game that goes on between the good guys (security experts) and the bad guys (cyber criminals who know just as much). The article was inspirational and at times really made me want to be a geek that sits behind 6 monitors scouring the world for bugs or hacking my way into systems. Mark Bowden has a great way with words and successfully portrays every complicated moment with great analogies. There’s an incredible amount of suspense and by the end I just wanted to see how they caught the criminal masterminds behind the Conficker worm -but they have yet to be found. The main take away was to constantly update your machine whenever possible. The Conficker bug exploited a Windows flaw, so I’m just glad I have a Mac :D…for now :/.

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