Security Experts Await Attack from Conficker Worm

A malicious software program that has infected millions of computers could enter a more menacing phase, from an outright attack to a quiet mutation that would further its spread. Computer security experts who have analyzed the Conficker worm's code say it is designed to begin a new phase on April 1, and while it's unclear whether it will unleash havoc or remain dormant, its stubborn presence is rattling businesses with multimillion-dollar budgets to fight cyber crime.

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