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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

County Computers Ready For Internet Worm Expected To Activate On April 1

Potter County computers and servers are generally considered to be well protected against an internet “worm” named Conficker that appears poised to cause some mischief – or worse – around the world on Wednesday, April Fools Day. Technology Consultant Josh Hoffman has provided county employees with a series of links they can use to protect their computers and learn more about Conficker. It surfaced in October 2008 and targets the Microsoft Windows operating system. The worm exploits a previously patched vulnerability in the Windows Server service used by Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 Beta, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta. The worm has been unusually difficult for network operators and law enforcement to counter because of its use of advanced techniques.

Here are a few links for information/action on the Conficker worm:

FAQ:
http://www.f-secure.com/weblog/archives/00001636.html

Here is a tool available for download that can clean the Conficker worm from your system (if you happen to be infected):
http://support.f-secure.com/enu/home/onlineservices/fsec/fsec.shtml

For those concerned that they have not updated their systems automatically, Microsoft released a patch in November 2008. Choose your system below, download, and install the update.

Windows XP (KB958644):
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=0D5F9B6E-9265-44B9-A376-2067B73D6A03&displaylang=en

Windows Vista (KB958644):
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=18FDFF67-C723-42BD-AC5C-CAC7D8713B21&displaylang=en

Windows 2000 (KB958644):
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=E22EB3AE-1295-4FE2-9775-6F43C5C2AED3&displaylang=en

5 comments :

Anonymous said...

now listen up paul....those of us in our right minds already know how to do a windows update. thanks for all the url's, but for the sake of God, try using your head for once. county employees should know by now how to update their systems!

Danny Dildine said...

Obviously the person making this comment has never worked in a multiple computer office environment. There are people out there using computers that have no idea how to do updates or other simple forms of computer maintenance...heck...some of them have issues typing their names!!

Anonymous said...

Let me get this straight (10:30 writer). You are complaining about the county advising employees on how to prepare for a worm or a virus that could invade county computers? In my job, I was given a computer and zero training and I am guessing that the county employees are not as much of an expert or a computer geek as you are.

Anonymous said...

To the 10:30 AM post, do you know how ridiculas your post is. Maybe not everyone is a genious like you think that you are.....you're the idiot that is not in their right mind.....

Anonymous said...

Now that wasn't nice! Perhaps you shoud admonish YOU!