March 21, 2009

What will Conficker do on April 1?

Millions of PC's around the world are infected with the Conficker Worm software... and it's set to do something on April Fools Day, 2009.

Given the sophisticated nature of the worm, the question remains: What is the purpose of Conficker, which could possibly become the world's most powerful parallel computer on April 1? That is when the worm will generate 50,000 domain names and systematically try to communicate with each one. The authors then only need to register one of the domain names in order to take control of the millions of zombie computers that have been created.

Speculation about Conficker's purpose ranges from the benign — an April Fool's Day prank — to far darker notions.

Like Skynet maybe?

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