All though today is April Fools, I'm afraid the Conficker Virus is no joke.
Having said that - BE WEARY. This virus, despite any wide spread cyber panic and suggestions otherwise, WILL NOT WRECK YOUR COMPUTER. The worm (virus) has stopped spreading.
Dean Turner, director of Global Intelligence Network Symantec Security Response said today that "The sky is definitely not falling. Some folks who have been talking about it have misinterpreted some of the technical details . . . but, we should definitely be aware of this."
Most of us (who heard the call) have updated our anti-virus software and ran our Microsoft updates to safeguard ourselves from the effects already.
And for now...all is still quiet in cyber world, there is no word of instructions being sent by the programmers to the virus.
The Vancouver Sun reported this afternoon that "...the worm has stopped spreading. The writers of the virus seem to have removed the virus's ability to replicate itself, which would suggest they believe they already have enough infected computers to accomplish whatever they are or were planning,"
While we may not know what they are planning, experts say whatever they are planning is profit driven.
So no more panicking. The virus may or may not be on your computer, and there are resources and steps you can take to safeguard or remove the virus right away.
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The Burish & Serena Team