Cloud computing is quite the buzzword these days. Both Google and Microsoft have acknowledged its importance and have introduced multiple cloud related services over the past year. However, neither of them are the owners of the world’s largest cloud network. No, it is not Amazon either. According to the ReadWriteWeb, it is Conficker.
Conficker controls 6.4 million computer systems in 230 countries, more than 18 million CPUs and 28 terabits per second of bandwidth. Among the legitimate entities, Google is the largest, followed by Amazon. Google is made up of an estimated 500,000 systems, 1 million CPUs and 1,500 gigabits per second (Gbps) of bandwidth.
Conficker was first spotted in 2008 and quickly went on to become one of the most notorious worms in the history. It was not the most dangerous worm ever seen. However, the lengths to which it went to avoid detection and disinfection made it remarkable.
Conficker remains an enigma. Thanks to the massive botnet under its control, Conficker can unleash havoc, if it ever wishes to. Yet, to this day, it has remained largely silent. It is quite possible that Conficker became too large for its own good and the intense spotlight madethe entire operation too risky for the owner.