Friday, March 27, 2009

UK: Houses of Parliament Computers Infected with Conficker Virus

Matthew Moore writes on The Telegraph:

The Houses of Parliament IT system has become infected with the Conficker computer virus, it has emerged, raising questions about possible security flaws at the Palace of Westminster.

The worm virus, which has affected more than 15 million computers around the world, has become established on computers used by MPs, Lords and parliamentary staff.

Known variously as Conficker, Downadup, and Kido, it buries itself deep inside a PC's Windows operating system, from where it can be used by hackers to steal users' passwords and personal information.

Although it is not clear when or how the machines became infected, there were claims last night that parliament had failed to follow standard online security procedures.

An email sent to parliamentary staff alerting them to the infection – seen by Channel 4 News – warned employees to stop running unauthorised machines on the network, indicating that this had previously been allowed. Most large firms only allow secured computers to plug in to their networks.

More here.


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