Experts say virus will spread April 1
Internet security experts say that a virus scheduled to hit millions of computers through the Web on April 1 is not a joke. The virus, called Conficker C, might have already infected between 5 million and 10 million computers, researchers say. A master computer is set to gain control of the worm April 1.
The Conficker Cabala
Several self-proclaimed “former hackers” have banded together to find the author of the virus and stop it. They also are researching ways to do damage control if the virus can’t be stopped.
“We love catching bad guys,” said Alvin Estevez, CEO of Enigma Software Group, which is one of many companies trying to crack Conficker C. “We’re like former hackers who like to catch other hackers. To us, we get almost a feather in our cap to be able to knock out that worm. We slap each other five when we’re killing those infections.” - From CNN
Cash prize for finding bad guys
Of course, the cash advance Microsoft is offering probably doesn’t hurt. Microsoft says it will give $250,000 to the person or company who finds the culprit.
Aimed at your assets
That’s not the only money involved in this case, though. The researchers say the virus could infect computers with keystroke-recording software. That would make identity theft a piece of cake for the hackers.
Don’t get scammed
Don DeBolt, director of threat research at a New York IT firm, says the virus is likely to scam computer users with offers of fake software or other phony products in exchange for money. ... click here to read the rest of the article titled "Conficker C Computer Virus Scheduled to Hit April Fool's Day"