Conficker worm fading from view

Occurrences of the Conficker worm dropped significantly in January. A recent report shows that Win32.Worm.Downadup.Gen, as Conficker is known, has dropped from first to third. Most notably, it is completely absent from the regional top ten threats in the UK.

Conficker has been one the most high-profile threats of recent years, with many variants. The damage it can cause varies from exploiting weak passwords to blocking access to security vendor websites.

However, it seems that a combination of migration away from the Windows XP OS and better awareness amongst users means it is no longer as widespread as it once was. Of course, people still need to remain vigilant and make sure their computers are fully protected to avoid infection.

The gap created by Conficker has been partly filled by a newcomer – Trojan.Crack.I. This apparently harmless keygen installs a Trojan that collects various details about other applications on the compromised computer, as well as installing a backdoor service that allows remote access to the infected system.

Its emergence in second place is an indicator of the fact that the worldwide software landscape is affected by piracy and the subsequent threats posed by this practice.

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As leader of the Bitdefender Online Threats Lab, Alexandru Catalin Cosoi's work sets the agenda for the development of new security threat countermeasures. Over the last 6 years, Alexandru has acquired a thorough understanding of key areas of technology.