A malware attack took down the The US Marshal Service, the agency that hunts federal fugitives and operates the country’s witness protection program.
The attack came from the Neeris worm, which recently re-appeared as a mutated form of Conflicker, the monster virus of recent fame. If this is true, could the US Marshal may become an unwitting accomplice of a zombie network?
According to Network World:
The agency was running desktop malware software, but it had not been updated for more than three years even though the agency had paid for upgrades to newer versions that protect against Neeris. In addition, Microsoft has issued two patches, one in 2006 and one in October, to close holes in its software exploited by Neeris.