Podcast: Worm 'phoning home' but getting no answer

Security watchers at McAfee say that Conficker is trying to communicate with master computers but isn't getting through.

SANTA CLARA, Calif--It's early morning in California, and so far there are no reports of problems due to the much-anticipated Conficker worm. In Asia, where it's already evening, the worm hasn't done any noticeable damage, according to McAfee's Hong Kong-based security expert, Vu Nguyen.

I'm here at the headquarters of security company McAfee, where I spoke by phone with Nguyen and in person with McAfee spokesman (and former CNET News security reporter) Joris Evers.

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Larry Magid is a technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate. He's been writing and speaking about Internet safety since he wrote Internet safety guide "Child Safety on the Information Highway" in 1994. He is co-director of ConnectSafely.org, founder of SafeKids.com and SafeTeens.com, and a board member of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Larry's technology analysis and commentary can be heard on CBS News and CBS affiliates, and read on CBSNews.com. He also writes a personal-tech column for the San Jose Mercury News. You can e-mail Larry.

 

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