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Downandup/Conficker worm usb attack

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Thanks Levi!

I’m spreading the word… I have a son that will stick any ol’ USB drive in his computer…

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Right! I guess the telltale sign is the extra folder ea?

Quote: (Levi @ Jan. 21 2009, 11:22 AM)

Right!
I guess the telltale sign is the extra folder ea?

Yep. I always tell the boy to look over everything carefully BEFORE you click it. But you know how youthful impatience can be. Premature clickage gets a lot of 'em in trouble! :laugh:

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True so true! :laugh: Both young and old my friend!

So is this thing spread over the WWW or does it have to be injected
locally (network) by attatching an infected drive to your network.
And what does it do to your data (I couldn’t tell from any of the links)
Does it affect how the the computer runs? (slows it down). All they say
is it blocks access to anti-virus sites (auto update) and messes with
network settings, and firewalls.
And one more thing. If I have my Sansa USB disk, and I connect to my USB
port, (I always get the menu choice for default action) - so I’m looking
for an extra choice in there that doesn’t belong? What does it say? ('cus
I could not read off the JPG they showed on the link Levi gave)

Got it - I mean don’t got it.

Thanks.

The virus creates an option spoof on your USB stick that is fake - the one on top - oh, I GET IT!

I haven’t had my ten cups of coffee yet. Are you saying this is only
spread by inseting a USB stick into your computer?

Appears to be so, according to the warning. I would assume it would also jump to flash cards also.

This sort of thing is where I appreciate the Vista Windows Defender, and automatic updates. I had the fix installed on my laptop before I’d even heard of the threat.

Quote: (sevenOfeleven @ Jan. 22 2009, 8:12 AM)

I haven't had my ten cups of coffee yet. Are you saying this is only
spread by inseting a USB stick into your computer?

Hi 07,
I'm still on my first cup but I'm guessing that some people use an external usb drive for more space. They download from the net to the drive. And why it wouldn't infect if downloaded to a main drive is unclear to me to.
Levi

OK - that makes more sense - sort of. But if they say it’s crashing servers,
I guess it has to spread to the main drives, cus who has a server on a usb?

Wouldn’t be much of a virus if it didn’t spread seven.

Yup - It’s like someone throwing one of them biscuits at your USB drive
and part of it ricochets off and hits your main drive.

Why did they not just say there is a vulnerability in the MS USB
interface. They make it sound like it’s the USB stick that’s at fault.
Or the USB drive that’s at fault.

Here’s how Windows Update described the fix.
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Definition Update for Windows Defender - KB915597 (Definition 1.49.2195.0)

Installation date: ‎1/‎20/‎2009 8:05 AM

Installation status: Successful

Update type: Important


Install this update to revise the definition files used to detect spyware and other potentially unwanted software. Once you have installed this item, it cannot be removed.

More information:
http://www.microsoft.com/athome…ew.mspx

Help and Support:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=52661