Why Isn’t the Conficker Threat on FCC’s Radar? — Open Internet’s Growing Security Problem — Part VII

April 13, 2009

Why is one of the most-serious identified internet/cybersecurity risks currently affecting the Internet and network operators not on the FCC’s radar screen?

  • More specifically, why does a search of the FCC’s website for the term “conficker” return zero results? (see below)

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Your search conficker returned no results.

A Google search on “conficker”returned 4.86 million results.

According to Wikipedia, “Conficker” is the most widespread computer worm since 2003 and “the worm has been unusually difficult for network operators and law enforcement to counter because of its combined use of advanced malware techniques.” The Conficker worm first appeared 6 months ago.

Spamfighter recently called Conficker “the most wicked and biggest threat to Internet security.”

Please watch this excellent CBS News video (2 min 43 sec.) explaining what conficker is and how it is morphing into a highly sophisticated identity theft program.

  • If you want to see if your computer is infected by the conficker worm, the video suggests a website, “conficker eye chart,” that can tell you if your computer is indeed infected by the conficker worm.
  • What is especially insidious about the conficker worm is that it is so hard to get rid of. It also blocks access to over 100 Internet security sites and can even prevent one’s computer from being turned off.

Considering how serious and pervasive the conficker Internet/cybersecurity threat is to consumers, it is surprising that this clear and present danger appears to not be on the FCC’s consumer protection radar screen.

Previous parts of the series on: “The Open Internet’s Growing Security Problem” can be found here: Parts: I, II, III, IV, V, VI.


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