Graham Cluley, a security expert with Sophos, has warned that the now infamous worm known as Conficker C may be poised to strike infected computers around the world on April Fool’s Day (April 1st).
Conficker C, if you don’t already know, is a highly sophisticated worm that infiltrates a PC via specially written web pages or removable drives.
It then proceeds to hide on the target computer’s hard drive and does nothing much more than check various URLs, looking for updates.
Graham Cluley, however, believes that Conficker C is programmed ‘to hunt for new instructions on April 1’.
The Times also quotes him as saying,
‘this does not mean that anything is going to happen, or that the worm is actually going to do anything.
Simply, it is scheduled to hunt a wider range of websites for instructions on that date.’
As Confiker has yet to display its real intentions no-one is entirely sure what it has been programmed to do.
Back in February this year Cluley said –
‘It’s as if someone is assembling an army of computers around the world, but hasn’t yet decided where to point them.’
With April 1st being ‘one of those days’ because of the fools link, security experts are concerned that the millions of computers infected by Confiker may be signalled to commence some sort of attack or to flood the internet with email spam.