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        How poor IoT security is allowing this 12-year-old malware to make a comeback
        Conficker peaked in 2009, but unsupported connected devices are allowing it to spread in 2020 – and the healthcare sector is where it’s infected the most targets.

        By Danny Palmer | March 10, 2020

        The proliferation of Internet of Things devices and unsupported operating systems is leaving networks open to simple cyberattacks which, in many cases, should have already been consigned to the dustbin of history.

        Conficker first emerged in 2008, exploiting flaws in Windows XP and older Microsoft operating systems to spread itself to vulnerable machines and rope them into a botnet. An estimated 15 million computers had fallen victim to Conficker by 2009 – but over ten years on, the malware remains an active threat to organisations around the world.

        But the key thing is to ensure that potentially vulnerable devices are patched, especially as the vulnerability Conficker exploits is over ten years old, so the update should’ve been done a long time ago.

        “You’re at risk if you’re running an unpatched, legacy OS like Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008. Users should disable SMB when not needed; upgrade windows OS to latest build and version; restrict internet access on mission-critical devices, and monitor Windows OS devices 24×7,” said Wang.

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