Microsoft is offering a $250,000 bounty for the author of the Conficker C worm that is hard-coded to hit on April 1. The first version of the worm debuted in 2008 and managed to infect 9 million computers. This year, the tally is expected to be exponentially more severe.
"What's known so far is that on April 1, all infected computers will come under the control of a master machine located somewhere across the web, at which point anything's possible. Will the zombie machines become denial of service attack pawns, steal personal information, wipe hard drives, or simply manifest more traditional malware pop-ups and extortion-like come-ons designed to sell you phony security software? No one knows." Christopher Noll: The Working Guy.
Though little is known about the worm so far, the advice is simple: Make sure Windows is updated as well as all your antivirus and antimalware signature files. Double check that your protective software is actually running because Conficker C may have disabled it.
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