Conficker still a threat

IT security firm Sophos is reminding computer users of the importance of ensuring their PCs are up to date with the latest security patches following research that shows many PCs are still not patched against Conficker.

After examining the results for all users who took the Sophos’s Endpoint Assessment test since 1 January this year, Sophos found that 11 percent still did not have the Microsoft MS08-067 patch installed which can, amongst other things, help protect against the spread of Conficker.  Sophos experts note that the situation does not appear to have improved despite recent publicity regarding Conficker – when looking at the figures just for March, 10 percent were still missing the essential patch.

"We would have expected computer users to wake up to the threat and install the patch, which has been available since October last year," says Brett Myroff, CEO of regional Sophos distributor, Sophos South Africa. “With so many reports on the potential consequences of failing to install the patch, this is concerning news.

“While we can’t extrapolate the results to mean that 10 percent of all PCs around the world aren’t running the Microsoft patch, it is certainly a notable percentage of those who took our test. And, it appears that the percentage of computers not patched against the exploit used by Conficker is holding steady," Myroff says.

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