Conficker’s Actions, Users’ Reactions

by Erin on April 13th, 2009 in Industry and Security News, Security Tips.

While April 1 may have passed without the Conficker botnet activating an ‘armageddon-like’ payload, as some reports speculated, Conficker is still a threat that the world is watching.

Conficker is now not only making headlines for the malware’s latest actions and expectations, but it’s also making waves due to how computer users have responded to this threat and others like it.  

Microsoft’s recently released Security Intelligence Report details the dramatic spike in rogue software infections, also termed scareware, around the globe. According to reports, the growing fear of viruses and worms among computer users – like that enhanced by publicity surrounding Conficker – may be contributing to these swelling infection rates by rogue security software. (To see an example showing how the creators of rogues have been quick to capitalize on Conficker’s extensive media coverage, visit the Lavasoft Malware Labs blog.)

What does that mean for you? It’s another reminder of the prevalence of rogue software on the Web; while it’s important to be aware of the latest online threats and stay proactive to keep them off of your system, blindly relying on security software will not necessarily keep you safe. Take a look at our list of simple steps you can take to keep from falling for the fakes. You can also watch this space, as well as the Malware Labs blog, for updates on the latest rogue programs.