Police slam brakes on Conficker presentation at Black Hat

US investigators have demanded security firm F-Secure only reveal slim details on the Conficker worm at a Black Hat presentation.

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US investigators have demanded security firm F-Secure only reveal slim details on the Conficker worm at a Black Hat presentation.

The request comes as police continue their work investigating the origins of the worm, which infected millions of Windows machines since late last year.

A source close to F-Secure told Reuters that Mikko Hypponen, the company's chief research officer, was asked not to divulge details about the worm's origins and the Conficker gang's motives.

Earlier in the day, F-Secure's blog said Hypponen would be speaking about Conficker (also known as Downadup), a worm that the company has tracked closely.

The last-minute change of plans for Hypponen is nothing new at Black Hat, which has been the site of numerous speech-blockings and speech-blocking attempts, including that of a researcher Cisco sued because he was to reveal a flaw in the company's IOS code.

Conficker's culprits are also the target for a $250,000 bounty offered by Microsoft.

 
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