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Late yesterday, members of the Internet Information Security Consortium (I2SecC) working in conjunction with a cadre of white-hat hackers from around the globe were able to identify the purpose of the Conficker worm, which has been able to infect a large number of unprotected computers. Starting today, April 1, this network of compromised hosts will begin a massive denial-of-service attack on Web sites that do not pass validation as being fully standards compliant.

In order to ensure you do not fall victim to the worm’s botnet, I2SecC recommends immediate validation of the markup and supporting stylesheets for any Web site that you maintain and correcting any errors that are uncovered. As yet, it is unclear whether the worm will target sites that make use of non-standard DOM scripting; however, a message found by I2SecC researchers in an online forum believed to be from the worm’s creator or a close associate hints that it will: “your document.all are belong to us.”

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#1 On April 1st, 2009 2:16 am Stephane Deschamps replied:

Ha ha, good one.

#2 On April 1st, 2009 2:30 am Chasen Le Hara replied:

*Love it.* The last line is a gem. :D

#3 On April 1st, 2009 2:39 am Phil Houghton replied:

LOL. Good one!

#4 On April 1st, 2009 3:26 am Tobias replied:

“Filed in April Fools” ;-)

#5 On April 1st, 2009 4:01 am cruster replied:

good one :))

#6 On April 1st, 2009 4:12 am scristian replied:

Good joke. ;)

#7 On April 1st, 2009 6:05 am jmeisler replied:

Maybe this is a ploy.

For example, there could be a flaw in standards based scripting itself. By DDoS-ing sites that are non-conformant, they trick them into making their sites standards complaint to stop the DDoS. Later on they come back to the newly compliant site so that they can now exploit a flaw in a stardards compliant interface.

#8 On April 1st, 2009 6:34 am Alex replied:

If only this was true…

#9 On April 1st, 2009 8:09 am Matt replied:

hahah, excellent.

#10 On April 1st, 2009 8:22 am xtc944 replied:

CON Ficker think !!!

#11 On April 1st, 2009 11:28 am John replied:

Great news !!!!!! ………..LOL

#12 On April 1st, 2009 12:11 pm Original Source replied:

So it was Japanses game developers from the 90s. Nice.

#13 On April 1st, 2009 12:22 pm DC replied:

Put out another one saying it will wipe the hard drives of all IE6 users!

#14 On April 1st, 2009 1:22 pm aljuk replied:

I heartily LOL’d!

#15 On April 1st, 2009 2:30 pm Dave Mosher replied:

Bwaha, made my day :)

#16 On April 1st, 2009 5:28 pm Chris replied:

All sites are non-compliant. Resistance is futile. You will comply.

#17 On April 1st, 2009 7:06 pm TP replied:

“your document.all are belong to us.” CLASSIC! ROFLMAO

#18 On April 1st, 2009 9:29 pm F. Andy Seidl replied:

But, have you seen this?

Digital Altruism: Conficker Payload Less Severe than Expected, Actually Does Good

#19 On April 2nd, 2009 3:32 am John replied:

Brilliant, I almost believed it for a minute!

#20 On April 2nd, 2009 11:32 am Just replied:

Wonderful!! ah ah

#21 On April 4th, 2009 12:55 am coffee replied:

it would seem that the Conficker worm didn’t end up causing as much damage as many feared

#22 On April 10th, 2009 12:20 am conficker replied:

Laugh, but wait…hah, hah, hah

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