18 July 2009 | Category: Software
The concerns shown by computer experts that the conficker virus (also known as Downadup and Kido) was gearing up for a day of chaos, so far appear unfounded.
Although there are reports that the virus has tried to make contact with command servers, there appears to be no critical effect. It is thought by some that the virus creators, will probably wait until the attention has died down before making its next move.
Independent software security developers such as Symantec, McAfee and Trend Micro say that they will closely monitor activites today and will watch closely over coming weeks to see how the virus behaves.
Microsoft has now assembled a task force to investigate the origins of the worm and have placed a bounty of $250,000 on the heads of those responsible for the threat.
It also emerged today that the Houses of Parliament computers have become infected with Conficker virus. The news was leeked by a well known newstation which had found an email sent to parliamentary staff alerting them to the infection. The issue has raised concerns about security practices at government levels.