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Foreign worm and snakes slither through Web

Posted by James McPherson on April 9, 2009

Apparently the Conficker worm has “woken up” and done something. We’re not sure what, or if it matters, but once we identify and start following a scary threat or trend–however inconsequential it may be–we have to stay on its slimy trail. Unless it’s Osama bin Laden, of course.

And speaking of bin Laden and similar snakes, the Washington Post reports today that Taliban extremists are getting out their message via American Web hosts–including one in George W. Bush’s one-time hometown of Houston (while “serving” in the Air National Guard). Considering how much the Bush administration did to promote worldwide terrorism, I suppose that’s appropriate, in a twisted down-the-rabbit-hole (or snake hole) sort of way.

9 Responses to “Foreign worm and snakes slither through Web”

  1. Ray Lopez said

    Check your facts, Bush retired to a suburb of Dallas not houston your off by about 350 miles

  2. James McPherson said

    You’re right, of course–I should have said his old hometown (from his Air National Guard days), not his new one, and I’ll make the change. Thanks for calling it to may attention.

  3. sjdfjfkndfg said


  4. James McPherson said

    I wasn’t sure if you were offering another term for a rabbit hole or snake hole, trying to describe Bush, bin Laden or me, or simply including a signature after forgetting to write a message–and because the the anonymous nature of your post and the fake email address you used to post it, I couldn’t ask you more directly. I could have just blocked it, but try not to censor such thoughtful contributions.

  5. Poopypants said

    Those Bin Laden links are old as hell, man.

  6. dwighthuth said

    Does the Conficker worm repeatively propogate websites? For some reason yesterday I was searching with DogPile.com and about every three seconds a new DogPile search page would pop up. When I tried closing each page down it would just continue to propogate. I had to shut down my PC and then turn it back on. Also there is a game that I play EVE Online and the last two days I have had numerous disconnects, sometimes right after another. Could this be an indication of the Conficker worm in my system?

  7. James McPherson said

    That’s weird, but I honestly don’t have a clue–anyone else out there who does?

  8. Matt said

    Love how the media is trying as hard as they can to associate peer to peer file sharing with this virus. From their own article the virus woke up and contacted a *server* to get it’s ‘mystery payload’ And as far as using “P2P technologies” to spread – Isn’t that how 90% of virus’s spread? From Peer to Peer (another way of saying computer to computer) If it was using the bittorrent protocol to spread it seems like they’d come out and say it, but it’s not so this virus has nothing to do with trying to get Led Zeppelin III onto your iPod no matter how much they’d like it to.

  9. sam alread said

    Wrong. America does torture !

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