Apr 1st 2009 By Adam K. Raymond
Yesterday, old folks, who until recently thought all viruses made noses runny, were in a genuine panic about Conflicker, a mysterious computer virus that was to be unleashed today
. The news was talking about it, their kids were talking about it, the guy who their daughter went to Vacation Bible School with who now works at the gas station was talking about it.
The olds were panicking so much, youngs took notice. Then today came. And nothing happened. Like Y2K and 2004's Blaster worm, Conflicker has, so far at least, been a complete bust
. So, here's our theory about what's really
going on here: The goal wasn't to infect computers as an April Fools' prank, but to make everyone think they would be infected. Good one!