The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is working to publish a report next month on the global efforts to combat it, according to Computer World. The report looks at the Conficker Working Group’s efforts to meet the threat.
“We said, ‘This was a very good example of the private sector, globally, working together to try to solve a cybersecurity attack, so let’s fund the creation of a lessons-learned report to just document what worked, what didn’t work,'” said Douglas Maughan, a program manager with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science & Technology Directorate.
The Conficker worm spread rapidly in 2008 and was used briefly in 2009. The massive botnet is believed to control 4 to 7 million computers worldwide. The Working Group has been a successful research tool though it has not managed to remove the massive infection.
“Conficker really was a seminal event for the security community,” said Rodney Joffe, senior technologist with Neustar and a member of the working group. “In terms of learning, it’s been a great success. In terms of defeating Conficker, it’s gotten us nowhere.”
The Working Group was formed ad hoc by researchers investigating the Conficker worm.
“It wasn’t hierarchical; there was nobody really in charge,” Maughan said. “It was everybody really working together for the common good.”
“Anybody that was involved in global Internet infrastructure was involved,” he said. “They got the players to the table and figured out working relationships.”
The Working Group continues to meet in weekly conference calls to discuss ongoing research efforts.