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Before WannaCry: 5 Nasty Computer Worms That Spread Quickly And Caused Big Time Damage

Worms such as Conficker, ILOVEYOU and Sobig have wreaked all kinds of havoc since the start of the 2000s

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Conficker

In 2008 and 2009, the Conficker worm infected at least 9 million – and possibly as many as 15 million – computers worldwide. The worm exploited a Windows flaw and propagated quickly through users' unpatched Windows operating systems. Conficker relied upon a variety of attack vectors – ranging from brute-force password guessing to hitching rides on USB sticks – as ways to replicate and spread through networks.

 
 
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