Group warns new Internet worm set to attack April 1
Tue Mar 24, 3:31 PM
By Steve Rennie, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA - A malicious cyber worm could wreak havoc on millions of potentially infected computers April 1 - or it could all be one big April Fool's joke.
But the Canadian Internet Registration Authority isn't taking any chances when it comes to the latest variant of the Conficker worm.
CIRA, which manages Canada's dot-ca (.ca) domain name registry, warned Tuesday that millions of computers running Microsoft's operating system may have been infected since the worm began spreading last fall.
Beginning April 1, the worm is expected to force infected computers to randomly generate and connect to 50,000 web URLs a day from 110 domains around the world, including dot-ca domains.
A secret "command-and-control" file instructing the worm to perform malicious actions could be hidden on any one of those URLs.
"This command-and-control computer that all of the infected computers are going to try to reach out to is hosted under a particular domain name," said Byron Holland, CIRA's president and CEO.
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