The Conficker worm is scheduled to activate on April 1. Its aim is to create the largest ever botnet of infected computers.
From a NY Times article:
It is possible to detect and remove Conficker using commercial antivirus tools offered by many companies.
Attacks (and threats of attacks) like the Conficker Worm benefit the security software manufacturers. I wonder what effect it has had on sales of Norton, Symantec, McAfee and other AV related products? And who has been behind the publicity that placed the warning (and recommendation to purchase AV software) on network tv news?
Am I paranoid to suspect that some of these threats are secretly bankrolled by the companies protecting us against them, ensuring that their products remain relevant and necessary?
(The Conficker Worm does not infect Macintosh or Linux-based computers.)
more info about the Conficker Worm