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Theories on origin of conficker malware

Stonesoft Networks : 12 October, 2012  (Technical Article)
Stonesoft provides its views on the origins of the Conficker malware and why the creators are still unknown
Theories on origin of conficker malware

Following recent news that the creators of the Conficker malware are still unknown, Olli-Pekka Niemi, Vulnerability Expert at Stonesoft commented: “It seems that the creators of the malware are either afraid to step out because of the financial costs the worm has caused, or that the worm was been created  by a nation-state agency not willing to claim responsibility yet. No-one has claimed the $250000 reward for information about the creators of Conficker, so it has remained a very secret operation, which supports the theory that the creator could be some nation-state agency...”

Joona Airamo, CISO of Stonesoft continued: “No-one claiming responsibility for creating Conficker could be because the individual or group behind it is scared of the consequences, given that several other malware vendors have received large fines to pay for their “dirty” jobs. However, Conficker is a well-made piece of code, signifying that the programmer was not an amateur. With the collateral damage being far greater than what the creator may have intended, it could have been an attack gone wild – even more reason for someone to not what to come forward.”

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