Cybercriminals are constantly developing and testing new forms of malicious software in order to make it as easy as possible for them to break down barriers and get a foothold into your network.
While some of the biggest threats to your network are new, others have been around for some time — even over a decade in some cases. These are some of the cyber threats which you should be most concerned about right now.
It might be over eight years old, but the Conficker worm remains one of the most prevalent forms of malware there is.
Conficker uses flaws in the Windows operating system to infect machines and add them to a botnet, opening disabling antivirus software in the process making the victim even more vulnerable to other malware.
First detected in November 2008, Conficker is suspected to have infected millions of machines and it’s thought there’s still 500,000 infected IP addresses attempting to distribute the worm. Despite Conficker’s continued success, the botnet command and control centre isn’t issuing commands.
Source: SANS ISC SecNewsFeed @ February 16, 2017 at 06:12AM