Coming tomorrow — maybe, maybe not — is the latest version of the Conficker worm, called by Slate tech columnist Farhad Majoo “the Bugatti of worms.” Talk to your IT guy. And even if you don’t use Windows, there could be trouble. Says Manjoo:
But having a safe machine doesn’t mean you’re safe. Conficker’s true aim may be to bring chaos to the Internet, at which point you might feel its wrath even if your computer is OK. When Conficker infects a host, it ensnares it into a botnet–a massive network of computers geared for unsavory ends. Botnets can spew out spam, mount denial-of-service attacks to bring down Web sites, or consume so much bandwidth that they drown out all other network traffic.
Sweet fancy Moses.