Conficker the reason for Woz’s success? (humour)

As is my Sunday afternoon ritual, I am tuned(?) into TWiT Live watching Leo LaPorte, John Dvorak and Becky Worley discuss the weeks tech news. After chatting about the Woz’s performance on Dancing With the Stars (dancing tele-tubby anyone?) she jokingly mentioned that Conficker must be behind the quantity of online votes that propelled Woz to the next round. After hearing this, I couldn’t help but post a note up here, as the press has been chattering non-stop about what Confickers’ operator will do with the botnet starting April 1 when its new domain contact mechanism kicks into gear. Graham Cluley of Sophos a colleague of mine posted about this phenomenon on his blog this week, as did many others.  Even 60 Minutes is airing a segment about it, and I am getting quite annoyed as the public will be whipped into a frenzy over absolutely nothing. Whether Conficker’s herders do anything on April 1 is yet to be seen, yet a simple shifting of gears in a piece of malware is not indicative of anything whatsoever (other than a change in its behavior which has already occurred a few times in its lifecycle).

And for those of you who want to know more, you can read a couple articles where I was used for a reference… and USA Today

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