[funsec] Conficker Invades German Defense Computers
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Sat Feb 14 19:30:34 CST 2009
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Via Monsters & Critics (DPA).
A computer virus which has already hit defence computers in Britain  and
France  has spread to German military systems, the Defence Ministry in
Berlin said Saturday.
The Conficker computer worm has exasperated computer users right around the
globe in recent weeks, but security-conscious military users had been
thought to be better prepared to repel it.
The spokesman said several German armed forces sites had to be disconnected
from the military network after hundreds of computers were taken over by
Conficker. However, no other disruptions were reported.
He said army computer recovery specialists and a private company were
ridding the computers of the virus.
France suffered a military outage from the worm in mid-January. Britain's
Defence Ministry has also admitted problems with it.
Microsoft has posted a reward of 250,000 dollars  for the capture of the
person who spread the virus, which takes over Windows operating systems,
attempts to crack passwords and downloads malware from the internet.
- - ferg
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