Friday, April 22, 2005

Virus That Deletes MP3s From PCs Found on P2P Networks

A worm known as Nopir-B is doing the rounds on some peer-to-peer networks disguised as a program for copying commercial DVDs. In reality, once on a host pc it will indiscriminately delete all MP3s found stored on the computer system.

The worm, which is believed to have originated in France, masquerades as a vigilante anti-piracy malware, displaying an anti-piracy graphic as it wipes .COM files and disables various system utilities.

"The Nopir-B worm targets people it believes may be involved in piracy but fails to discriminate between the true criminals and those who may have legally obtained MP3 files" said a Sophos Anti-Virus representative.


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