Worm Entered Computers of Kingsport City School
A computer virus Conficker has targeted the systems of Kingsport City Schools (KCS) (Tennessee, USA) which will cause delay of almost 9 weeks in report cards at some elementary schools in the city.
Unlike other viruses targeting just one system, this worm attempts to shift from one system to another. This worm have also led to delay for parents or others who have attempted to mail teachers and others with school mail addresses.
A school's spokesman claims that the Conficker worm attacked the KCS computer system on March 12 and by March 13, it blocked the general operation of the system, including servers and 3,000 PC. Since then, the teachers at school have not used their mail.
As of now, all the systems of teachers have been cleaned off the virus but students' system cleaning is still in process. Security experts inform that the Conficker virus can attack a network and use it to target other systems. It can also exploit personal details of any attacked system. The school system states that they have devoted a huge amount of time to safeguard the details on schools' systems.
Moreover, the technology department of the school added that it had to take all the systems offline to repair every one of them. The software traced the worm as it targeted the system, but computer experts still don't know how Conficker virus entered the system. It is possible that the virus entered the system through mail or USB flash drive used to import or export a document in the school system. The KCS said they will clear all the systems within one and a half week.
The worm also called Downup, Downadup and Kido, first emerged in October 2008. It targets Microsoft Windows systems. Also, other school systems are attacked by the worm as well as almost 15 Million systems globally.
In earlier March, 3,500 systems in Mounds View (Wisconsin, USA) were targeted by the virus and infected computerized services of the school such as online homework logs and teacher mails.
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