There is a lot of consternation about the threat of the latest big computer virus . Hand wringing about the Conficker virus and the malware it has deposited reached a new heights when 60 Minutes on Sunday reported on the malicious little bug.
The show mentioned that many investigators fear a widespread attack on April 1.
But calming words from one of the security companies featured in the 60 Minutes report. Symantec, maker of the popular Norton Antivirus program, explained on the show how widespread the virus is.
Today, a Symantec statement played down the threat: "The general public should not be alarmed, but should, as always, exercise caution and implement security best practices into their daily computing routines."
If nothing else, the attention will deter an attack, says Symantec's Vincent Weafer. "...conducting such criminal acts typically requires stealth measures to be successful. As such, this makes the odds that a major event will take place on April 1 even less likely since there is so much attention being paid to that day."