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A paper released today by ICANN provides a chronology of events related to the containment of the Conficker worm. The report, "Conficker Summary and Review (PDF)," is authored by Dave Piscitello, ICANN's Senior Security Technologist on behalf of the organization's security team. Below is the introduction excerpt from the paper:
The Conficker worm first appeared in October 2008 and quickly earned as much notoriety as Code Red, Blaster, Sasser and SQL Slammer. The infection is found in both home and business networks, including large multi‐national enterprise networks. Attempts to estimate the populations of Conficker infected hosts at any given time have varied widely, but all estimates exceed millions of personal computers.