The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has developed a tool that can be used to detect the Conficker worm. The DHS' tool is just one of several out there designed to fight the worm.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has released a DHS-developed
tool aimed at squashing the Conficker worm.
followed similar news
from the Honeynet Project and the Conficker Cabal,
which worked over the weekend to develop a tool to scan for the worm. The DHS
tool was developed by the department's United States Computer Emergency
Readiness Team (US-CERT) and is available to federal and state partners via the
Government Forum of
Incident Response and Security Teams
(GFIRST) Portal. It is also available
to private sector partners through the IT and Communications sector Information
Sharing and Analysis Centers (ISACs).
"While tools have existed for individual users, this is the only free
tool-and the most comprehensive one-available for enterprises like federal and
state government and private sector networks to determine the extent to which
their systems are infected by this worm," said US-CERT Director Mischel
Kwon in a statement. "Our experts at US-CERT are working around the
clock to increase our capabilities to address the cyber risk to our nation's
critical networks and systems, both from this threat and all others."
DHS officials say they are working closely with private sector and
government partners to minimize any impact from the Conficker worm.