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Bizarre Virus Threatens to Kill File-Sharers


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by enigmax

A strange virus which taunts file-sharers and threatens to report them to the police and even kill them, is being distributed on the Winny network.

The virus has two variants Troj/Pirlames-A and Troj/Pirlames-B, masquerades as a screensaver and attacks files with these popular extensions - EXE, BAT, CMD, INI, ASP, HTM, HTML, PHP, CLASS, JAVA, DBX, EML, MBX, TBB, WAB, HLP, TXT, MP3, XLS, LOG, BMP - overwriting them with images of comic book character Ayu Tsukimiya.


“Ah, I see you are using P2P again……if you don’t stop within 0.5 seconds, i’m going to kill you!”

{very cute for a threat, though it sucks though couse it beaing a virus if you get it though}

It’s reported that one of the images, which includes a song about fish-shaped pancakes stuffed with jam, has a telephone number included although it’s unclear to whom the number belongs.

Another exclaims “This is a visit from the prevalent Piro virus! Stop P2P! If you don’t i’ll tell the police!” while another threatens “Ah, I see you are using P2P again……if you don’t stop within 0.5 seconds, i’m going to kill you!”

Graham Cluley, a consultant for Sophos said of the virus “This is one of the most bizarre pieces of malware we have seen in our labs for quite some time, but it’s data-destroying payload is no laughing matter. It acts as a timely reminder to companies that they may want to control users’ access to P2P file-sharing software not just because they can eat up bandwidth, but also because they can present a security risk to your corporate data.”

Winny is the most popular P2P application in Japan. In 2006 the developer of the Winny file-sharing software was found guilty and fined 1.5 million yen for assisting users in copyright violations.

Source: Torrent Freak

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Q Can Fix IT

oh, gee thats not suspicious. we already know the mpaa uses hackers, shares corrupted files, impersonates the police, and conducts illegal surveillance that it then hands over to the police, is it really a stretch from reality that they are the most likely responsible for this virus?

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