ESET dubbed the new variant Win32/Conficker.AQ
ESET detected a new variant of Conficker worm that is different to the previous ones in one major, yet surprising feature. It doesn’t contact any of the control domains, even though it originally operated with up to 50 000 domains a day. Conficker and the size of its botnet (a network of infected PC’s) has attracted a lot of media attention in the past days.
The new variant, created on April 7th, communicates only within its own peer-to-peer network. It comprises of two main components. The server part infects vulnerable PC’s in the network, installing the client part. These clients become a part of the Conficker botnet.There is an interesting feature in the code of the worm that causes the server part to deactivate and remove from the PC after May 3rd. However, the botnet will be active even after this date and Conficker will remain to be one of the most prevalent current threats.
Similarly as previous variants, Win32/Conficker.AQ exploits the Windows MS08-067 vulnerability. The users are therefore adviced to keep their systems up-to-date and protect their PC’s with a security software.
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