Version C of Conficker worm to get going on April 1!

ConfickerAccording to latest rumors about the new variant of Conficker, Version C, the malicious worm will get going again on the April Fool's Day! Though exactly what kind of damage the malware would cause is anybody's guess; bloggers assume the wreck to range from forced downloads of malicious code to more spam striking users' inboxes - blasting out update requests to its nearly 50,000 domains!

A team of online detectives in the US informed CNN that the worm is likely to be present in nearly 10 million computers, but it has no manifested symptoms thus far. Director of threat research for the New York software company CA, Don DeBolt, said that come April 1, and the infected computers will become slaves to a master computer! The sophisticated Version C - built on its predecessors versions A and B - is supposed to have infected the countless networks through peer-to-peer communications.

Furthermore, it has added several defensive measures specifically for dodging detection as well as deletion, by disabling Windows Automatic Updates and Windows Security Center.

With many companies trying to crack Conficker, and Microsoft having announced a $250,000 reward, Alvin Estevez, CEO of Enigma Software Group, said: "We love catching bad guys. To us, we get almost a feather in our cap to be able to knock out that worm. We slap each other five when we're killing those infections."