Dec 8, 2013
Malware ‘Worm’ Could Take Down World Internet
Posted on Sep 27, 2011
Since sometime in 2008, more than 12 million computers around the world have been infected by a highly encrypted “worm,” or self-updating type of malware called Conficker, that allows remote access and control of a network of those computers, essentially creating the most powerful computer in the world.
In his book “Worm: The First Digital World War,” author Mark Bowden narrates the details of how Conficker was discovered and explains the dangers such a huge network of computers working together could have if they are used to commit crimes or wage wars.
In an interview with NPR’s Terry Gross, Bowden tells of how the U.S. government seems to be seriously lacking in cyberintelligence, “even at agencies that ought to have been very seriously involved, who were responsible for protecting the country.”
Although Bowden’s warnings about the worm come across as overinflated scare tactics, you can decide for yourself when his book comes out Oct. 14. —BF
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