Suppressed botnet has 7M Windows machines in its grip three years after it first appeared
Microsoft yesterday said the long-suppressed Conficker botnet is still actively infecting millions of new machines, giving Windows enterprise users a two-and-a-half-year headache.
Conficker infected or tried to infect an amazing 1.7 million Windows PCs in the fourth quarter of 2011, three years after it first raised its hydra heads.
The 1.7 million was an uptick of 100,000 from the previous quarter, said Microsoft.
"Users are still struggling and battling with Conficker," Tim Rains, a director in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing group, said in an interview earlier this week.
"It's surprising that it has this kind of staying power."