According to various tech sources on the web, the Conficker worm might actually be doing something after all. CNET is reporting that the worm is beginning to replicate itself via P2P file sharing, and is downloading additional encrypted files that experts have yet to decrypt, but suspect are some sort of keylogger. All this is happening a little over a week after the April 1st supposed payload date passed by with little to no incidents. The actual propagation of the worm at this point is taking place gradually, so it may actually be more successful in doing damage than if it had hit all infected computers at once and started to keylog and replicate.
So, bottom line: if you haven’t patched your system, do it now. Then keep doing it.
You know what? I’ve had enough of the self-righteous bullshit I constantly hear from people who, for one reason or another, use obscure operating systems and feel it necessary, solely for that reason, to rag on Windows at every opportunity. Take for example, the plethora of smug, overbearing Mac users that seems to crawl out of the woodwork to make fun of virus protection. Case in point is a poll on Techdirt.com, which asks users to list the number of ‘anti-‘ programs running on their desktop. Clearly, this was intended for the 95% of users out there running Windows, but that didn’t stop the beret-wearing crowd from chiming in brilliantly:
Why is it that if somebody doesn’t have ANY anti-something, that they are “living dangerously”?
Perhaps it should be renamed to “I don’t use an OS/Software the forces me to use this junk”
Here’s the thing: I love Macs. I think Linux is neat. But the fact of the matter is that most of the world is running Windows, so most of the pond-scum writing viruses and spyware are going to target it, because they’re skeevy assholes, not complete idiots. No one really cares if their popup displays on Safari 1.0, if their malware-anti-spyware product will install on FreeBSD, or if they can hijack your browser to dial aged Portuguese women in South Jersey for per-minute tele-sexual services. There’s millions of other people out there running Windows who are ready to eat that shit up. But you know what? If your operating system was popular, all the other kids would hate it too, and try to hurt it both phyisically and psychologically. Plus, here’s the thing that other OS users are always afraid to admit. Windows users can afford to run anti-spyware, anti-virus, anti-spam, anti-phishing, anti-bellum, and anti-quated software all at the same time on their machines, and still be able to do exactly what they want with their computers. And you know why? ‘Cuz all that porno’s optimized to run on fuckin’ IE, bitch. So have a nice day staring at the command line, nerd.