The impending April 1 trigger date for the Conficker Worm to "do Something - we don't know what" has created a media frenzy. I've received a notice from my anti-virus provider, it has been a headline on Yahoo, Network World, NPR, CBS (see my previous post on 60 Minutes), CNET, the Washington Post, Fox Business and The New York Times.
Microsoft must be on overdrive with people logging in to check for updates. They issued the original patch last fall.
This may be another Comet Kohoutek or Y2K event, or the real danger may not manifest itself for some time or in a less conspicuous but perhaps more insidious manner. We just don't know.
What is good about this worm is that it may spur some action to improve the sorry state of Internet security. Internet users need to stay current with software updates and with anti-virus/anti-malware software. It's easy to let this go or to try to save some money by not installing proper software, but the results can be at least inconvenient and at most can result in theft of your identity, your credit and perhaps your cash.
DNSSEC is the essential first step in dealing with these threats. Until we have that we will be living with an insecure Internet. If this gets DNSSEC implemented in the root servers then it will have been a good thing.
But for now it pays to be diligent and vigilant.