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Conficker Worm Destructive Enough to End Human Lives

Security experts have informed that Conficker worm, which was identified for the first time in November 2008 is till date mysterious to them, and could be used to bang the Internet in all countries of the world.

Rodney Joffe, a director of the Conficker Working Group, said that the security world come to an agreement that Conficker is the biggest threat facing the world in terms of cyber crime, and has been proved to be tremendously resilient, nearly impossible to remove, reported smh.com.au on September 22, 2009.

He added that even the most competent minds of the world have failed to crack the code behind this wicked worm.

The magnitude of threat is so enormous that the world's largest security firms have joined hands with the governments round the globe to pool their resources and come up with an effective solution to this mounting problem.

Although Conficker Working Group is now functioning with the Metropolitan Police Central e-crime Unit (London), the staff is still not sufficient to address the issue.

People who have developed the worm can do anything with the infected systems from stealing banking details of the users to infecting government servers in order to knock them offline.

While describing worms' intensity to human beings, security experts have warned that next Conficker-style assault could even end up in taking away the human life.

Joffe claimed that in case Conficker worm would have attacked the control infrastructure of a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), human life could be in danger, reported scmagazineuk.com on September 14, 2009.

The experts, in fact, believe at some or the other instant , lives will certainly be at risk. It is noted that SCADA control infrastructure is having a subset in security. In case a person finds some way, power systems are there, which if infected will lead to a threat to human lives.

Many other botnets can be destroyed if the server used to issue commands to infected machines is disabled; however, with Conficker, the location of this server changes each passing day, and high-tech cryptography means that it is almost impossible to crack.

Finally, each time security experts think that a solution is about to come, hackers send a new Conficker version to the infected machines that wipes out all the hopes.

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