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Countdown to Conficker’s April Fools Day Climax
March 25, 2009
Two schools of thought exist about what the Conficker worm will do come the wee hours of April 1, 2009, GMT.
Some experts, like WinPatrol creator Bill Pytlovany, are sensing that the worm’s controllers will run circles around the Microsoft-led “cabal” of security groups trying to block some 3 million to 12 million Conficker-infected PCs from phoning home on April Fools Day.
The sudden resignationÃ‚Â of Rod A. Beckstrom, the Department of Homeland Security’s seniorÃ‚Â official tasked with unifying the federal government’s cybersecurity intiatives, bodes ill for a new age of transparency and collaborative problem-solving in government. Beckstrom was unable to maneuver around, much less partner with, the powerful National Security Agency (NSA).
Visa and MasterCard are being circumspect about a new round of warnings they’ve issued regarding stolen credit and debit card numbers circulating in the criminal world — dataÃ‚Â possibly stolen from another breach of a payment card processor. This follows major data thefts from Heartland Payment Sytems and RBS WorldPay,Ã‚Â for which precious few details have officially been made public.