Just to add to the gloom at Microsoft, this old familiar headache resurfaces:
A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world’s leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.The unsettling part of this flap is the suspected Eastern Europe connection. There seems to be a pattern in the FSU countries of cyber-hassling, if not warfare.
In recent weeks a worm, a malicious software program, has swept through corporate, educational and public computer networks around the world. Known as Conficker or Downadup, it is spread by a recently discovered Microsoft Windows vulnerability, by guessing network passwords and by hand-carried consumer gadgets like USB keys. [More]