No Worms For This Early Bird

So what exactly is it you do here?  Peter Gibbons updated company software for the 2000 switch at Initech, to protect computers from the “millenium bug.”  Looks like there may be another virus on the rise, as part of a very nasty 2009 April Fools joke. 

A recent CNN article talks of a potential bug to hit computers tomorrow, April 1, known as Conficker.c (or Downadup).  Conficker.c is a worm, a malicious program thought to have already infected between five and ten million computers.  The virus is believed to delete all files on the computer by using master-controlled zombie PCs. 

Don DeBoit, director of threat research for Computer Associates (CA), states, “Those infections haven’t spawned many symptoms, but on April 1, a master computer is scheduled to gain control of these zombie machines.”

Researchers are hoping that Conficker.c is just as baseless as the “millenium bug”, but to safeguard your computer, make sure that all Micosoft updates issued in March have been installed. 

Ellen Messmer of Network World indicates, “There’s certainly skepticism in some quarters that Conficker.c will be looking more like a bad April Fool’s Day joke,” but it’s better to be safe than sorry.  All Windows updates can be obtained through their website

Maybe try a less-malicious joke this year, steal a colleague’s red stapler or tie their shoe laces together.



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