People have one more reason to celebrate the new year, according to the
Shadowserver Foundation: Nearly a million Conficker-infected computers
have oddly disappeared overnight.
On Jan. 1, the number of IP addresses showing signs of infection
dropped by about 820,000, to 5.3 million, according to data from the Shadowserver Foundation and the Conficker Working Group.
The drop continued the botnet's waning during the latter days of
December: On December 29, IP addresses showing signs of Conficker
infections peaked at 6.5 million before dropping to 5.3 million at the
start of the new year.
Andre' DiMino, director and founder of the Shadowserver Foundation,
said the group did not have enough data yet to determine the cause of
"Is it because of the holidays, because a large number of work PCs were
turned off? Or did companies take the time to clean up the problem? We
really don't have any conclusions yet," he said.
Continues at securityfocus.com