We're less than a day away from a global computer meltdown — or a terrific April Fool's joke.
At some point on April 1, the Conficker virus, which has quietly infected millions of PCs worldwide to herd them into a "botnet" of linked machines, will phone home for new instructions.
What it'll do next is anyone's guess. It could muster enough silicon firepower to take down any Web site on the planet, or send out enough spam to fill the inboxes of every e-mail user on Earth.
It could offer itself up to the highest bidder, mostly likely an Eastern European cybercriminal. Or it could do what it's been doing for months — nothing.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Conflicker Virus (PCs beware)...
I've known this for a few weeks. Here's the link to the full story:
More info to come.