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Conficker Showdown: No End in Sight

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Despite the efforts of security researchers and vendors to fight it, the Conficker worm has maintained a steady botnet count of about six million machines since mid 2009, with no signs of abating. Experts are unsure what the botnet operators plan to do with all that power.

"We've done a good job at getting a grasp on Conficker itself and its architecture, and have also had great response from groups within the Conficker Working Group," says Andre DiMino with the Shadowserver Foundation, which follows Conficker contaminations for the Conficker Working Group. "Now we just need to be a little more aggressive in remediation and with more awareness to really make a concerted effort to get this thing cleaned up."

What bothers security experts is that despite all of the time and money being invested in rooting out Conficker — Microsoft has even promised a $250,000 reward for anyone who identifies the group behind the worm — infections continue to appear around the world. "It continues to be a giant engine idling, and we wait and see what they're going to do with it," DiMino says.

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