The fast-moving Conficker computer worm, a scourge of the internet that has infected at least 3 million PCs, is set to spring to life in a new way on April Fools' Day, security experts say.

That's when many of the poisoned machines reportedly will get more aggressive about "phoning home" to the worm's creators over the internet. When that happens, the creators of the worm could begin to trigger the program to send spam, spread more infections, clog networks with traffic, or try and bring down web sites.

Technically, this could cause havoc, from massive network outages to the creation of a...

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