Kaspersky Labs discovered that Conficker is charging users $49.95 in order to "remove" the virus from your system. Is it part of a larger business model where the makers intend to profit?
Since it showed up in November 2008, there have been variants of the virus released. Conficker has begun updating itself, which has been dubbed Conficker.e. Conficker.e is installing Waledac, a spam bot. In turn, it'll spam you to remove it for a certain price. The original Conficker virus was supposed to activate on April 1 with the potential of infected Windows computers everywhere doing its bidding. Instead, it lay dormant. Not all Conficker nodes have been acting the same, so what's really going on? [PC World]