Security firm Trend Micro says some of the machines have been updated over the past few days with fake antivirus software - the first attempt by Conficker's authors to profit from their massive "botnet."
Criminals use bogus security software to extort money. Victims are told their computers are infected, and can be fixed only by paying for a clean-up that never happens.
Conficker gets on computers through a hole Microsoft patched in October. PCs set up for automatic Windows updates should be clean.
On the Net:
Microsoft page on Conficker: http://tinyurl.com/bzkwy2
Homeland Security page on Conficker: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1238443907751.shtm
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