Conficker worm plays no tricks on April Fools' Day
SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) -
The Conficker worm's April 1st trigger date came and went without the bedeviling computer virus causing any mischief but security specialists warn that the threat is far from over.
Conficker did just what the "white hats" tracking it expected -- the virus evolved to better resist extermination and make its masters tougher to find.
"There are still millions of personal computers out there that are, unknown to their owners, at risk of being controlled in the future by persons unknown," said Trend Micro threat researcher Paul Ferguson.
"The threat is still there. These guys are smart; they are not going to pull any obvious strings when there are so many eyeballs on the problem."
A task force assembled by Microsoft has been working to stamp out the worm, referred to as Conficker or DownAdUp, and the US software colossus has placed a bounty of 250,000 dollars on the heads of those responsible for the threat... http://tech.yahoo.com/news/afp/20090402/tc_afp/usitinternetcrimesoftwareconfickermicrosoftlead