Conficker Worm will infect your PC unless you patch
Tomorrow is April 1st, 2009 and I’m sure many of you have no idea what the Conficker Virus is. Is it an April Fools Day prank, a data mining virus or something much much worse? So far over nine million computers have been infected worldwide, and some cannot seem to rid themselves of it as the malicious code restricts access to internet sites which offer patches. With millions of Zombie computers (which in any Hollywood movie would make for at least a good B level film) threatens to possibly be part of cyber warfare by an organized country or cyber anarchists. Needless to say it is the last thing the economy needs as many are still using the endless tubes of the internet to shop, and losing that confidence to buy stuff from your own home in long john underwear in the Canadian springtime is a crucial thing for people.
Zombie computers... could be a Hollywood film plot eh?
In other technology news, Tibetan Organizations have had their computers infected by a different malicious code of Great Wall proportions. Yes, it would seem as though China, whether through government sanction or “patriotic hackers” have infected thousands of computers the world over in order to keep tabs on Tibetans, Tibet sympathizers, and governments friendly with the Dalai Lama… yes, that means Canada. In actual fact it was Canadian researchers in Toronto who were asked by the Dalai Lama’s people to inspect the computers. Their research, spread over a ten month period, revealed that China was almost exclusively hosting all of the attack networks which would allow the hacker the same access as the normal administration user. The ability to spy using web cams, microphones and key strokes has many on edge.
"Nart Villeneuve, left, Greg Walton and Ron Deibert discovered the spying operation dubbed GhostNet." (Globe and Mail)
In Canada it would seem a dozen computers have been infiltrated, and the owners seem to have a theme of using Tibetan names or language for computer names… no doubt specifically targeted. However the other computers that were tracked were a wide range, from the Indian Embassy in Kuwait and Washington, charity organizations, political organizations and NATO (where it is rumoured they snooped around for thirty minutes before the, then anonymous
The Great Firewall of China... Keeping The Real Information Out! Hurrah!...
hackers, got the boot). This revelation of information has brought condemnation on China. However the government, quick to say all this is non-sense and probably rogue hackers for the patriotic cause, claims that the people who made these accusations are of more importance.
This attempt by the Chinese Government, who lets face it… are the only ones that want to crush any Tibetan sybolic government under a leader asking for peace, is illegal and many hope that it will be persued by governments everywhere. Though Russia has used attacks over the internet before. Last year it attacked both Estonia and Georgia by using computer hacking. The result was that Estonian and Georgian based websites were completely taken offline and the nations were disconnected from the endless series of tubes that bind us all.
Glorious benevolent leader Putin is seen here trolling the forums to get "leet hax" skillz for the cyber invasion.
Just as reaction was harsh and furious to Russia, we can all expect that China’s latest actions will draw more criticism than when it was leaked that they were selling Mao Mix to the global black market.
Mao Mix... and the greatfirewall has now zapped any Chinese national viewers.