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Spotify hacked: top recent hacker stories

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March 9, 2009
Cybersecurity
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Known also as Kido or Downadup, the Conficker virus infected around 15 million computers worldwide in mid-January of this year. The virus takes advantage of a vulnerability in the Windows operating system to burrow deep into the computer’s files, folders and System Registry, which stores settings and options for Windows. This provides hackers, and cybercriminals with access into people’s machines, making PC users vulnerable to identity fraud and ID theft. Microsoft has created a software patch to protect computers against the worm, but any users who have not installed the update are still at risk. The software giant has also offered a $250,000 (£172,000) bounty for the creators of the virus. [Telegraph]