Conficker Still Poses Significant Threat

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Conficker failed to deliver its devastating impact on April 1, as many had predicted. However, a new Fortinet security report says the worm continues to pose a significant threat to networks and PCs around the world.

Fortinet has announced findings from its March 2009 Threatscape Report, which is characterized by a persistent virus and a notorious worm: the Conficker.

The report encompasses the threatscape in general and is segmented into different parts examining spam travel, IPS exploits, antivirus and malware movements, web traffic and web content filtering.

"It is yet to be seen what happens with Conficker after April 1st, though it should be pointed out that this code simply becomes active on that date and will remain active afterwards," said Derek Manky, project manager, cyber security and threat research, Fortinet. "Given the amount of attention Conficker has received, it's likely the authors will attempt any sort of strike at a later date when it is less anticipated -- and more Conficker.C variants have been spread. That said, always be aware and keep your protection up to date."

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