The Conficker worm is scheduled to activate on April 1, reports the New York Times, and the unanswered question is: Will it prove to be the world's biggest April Fool's joke -- or much, much worse? Conficker is spread by exploiting several weaknesses in Microsoft's Windows operating system. Various versions of the software have spread widely around the globe since October, and an estimated 12 million or more machines have been infected. It's possible to detect and remove Conficker using commercial antivirus tools offered by many companies. However, the most recent version of the program has a dramatically improved capacity...

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