Hype, April fool’s day, and the Conficker worm

Graham Cluley

“Millions of computers around the world could go into meltdown on April 1 because of a deadly virus.”

Those are the words from a report in today’s soaraway Sun, a British tabloid newspaper.

With that kind of talk in a national newspaper (and there are plenty of other examples in the media at the moment) you could understand why some companies and home users might be worried about what might happen next Wednesday.

Well, as I’ve already mentioned on the blog, no-one knows what Conficker might or might not do on April 1st.

It’s quite possible that Conficker will not do anything significant on April 1st. Certainly it won’t be “deadly” and your computers won’t melt. :-)

The fact of the matter is that Conficker is not set to activate a specific payload on that date. Rather, on April 1st Conficker will begin to attempt to contact the 50,000-a-day potential call-home web servers from which it…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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