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Qualified Success Claimed Against Computer Worm

By The Wall Street Journal

January 25, 2011

Cybersecurity experts combating the Conficker worm claimed qualified success but said millions of computers world-wide were still infected by the malicious software.

In a report released Monday, a group of computer-security researchers said they managed to neutralize the worm's impact by blocking its ability to communicate with its creator, who remains unknown. But despite years of efforts by security experts, the worm still infects an estimated five million to fifteen million computers, the report said.

The Conficker worm, which first appeared late in 2008, disables a computer's security measures, including Windows software updates and antivirus protection, leaving machines vulnerable to more malicious software.

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