Starting in late 2008, and continuing through June of 2010, a coalition of security researchers worked to resist an Internet borne attack carried out by malicious software known as Conficker. This coalition became known as “The Conficker Working Group”,
and seemed to be successful in a number of ways, not the least of which was unprecedented cooperation between organizations and individuals around the world, in both the public and private sectors.
In 2009, The Department of Homeland Security funded a project to develop and produce a “Lessons Learned” document that could serve as a permanent record of the events surrounding the creation and operation of the working group so that it could be used as an exemplar upon which similar groups in the future could build. This is the document.
The Rendon Group conducted the research independently, and although a number of members of the Conficker Working Group were interviewed, and provided information to the authors, the report is the sole work product of the Rendon Group. The views and
conclusions are not necessarily those of the Conficker Working Group, or any of its official or unofficial members. Nonetheless the Core Committee of the Conficker Working Group believes the report has substantial value and is pleased to provide access to
the Rendon document via the Conficker Working Group Website