Conficker madness – good or bad?

Just like BBC’s botnet debacle which fueled a vivid discussion amongst security circles, debating if the exposure is good (i.e., raising awareness to the threat) or bad (i.e., not really ethical, everyone knew about the ability to rent a botnet), CBS’s 60 minutes had a 15 minute spot focusing on Conficker. Check it out here:

On one hand, getting more awareness out there is great – not a lot of people realize how real the threat is, and how organized is the business of managing that threat (favorite quotes – it’s like a business, and uses advertising to promote itself). On the other hand, getting all rattled up towards April 1st might not be effective and may cause an uncalled for panic (and yes, a rush to buy or upgrade security software, which is probably why a certain vendor is highlighted on the CBS piece…).

Bottom line – keep cool, make sure you surf securely, and don’t click on every possible link you are presented with (think first, count to ten, and then click).


One response to “Conficker madness – good or bad?”

  1. […] a great way to sum up my last couple of posts – the Conficker media frenzy, and social aspects of web attacks. You can’t come up with these things anymore… Seems (for […]

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