Out of the ashes rose a phoenix. A compromise was struck. Instead of going to a store to buy a Britney Spears CD, why not go to Apple's iTunes to download "Oops!...I Did it Again" for 99 cents? You get the music -- a digital file instead of a physical disc -- and you can skip all the other tracks you really don't care for.
Fanning is out of the music business now. In 2006 he started Rupture, a social networking tool.
The author of today's newsmaking worm is -- well, authorities say they don't know if it's a he, a she, or a they. Somewhere out there, Conficker's author or authors have been sending their program around the world, and driving security professionals crazy by updating it whenever someone gets close to deciphering it.