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Delete Music Worm - Destructive For Mp3 Files


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#1 harrywaldron

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Posted 01 August 2007 - 09:57 AM

This new worm spreads primarily through infected files found on USB Flash drives (a growing trend) and open network shares. It could also be potentially spammed out via email or found on a malicious website (although it's not currently circulating in that manner). The virus searches for and physically deletes all MP3 based files, which could be costly for music fans. It is not widespread in-the-wild and users should stay up-to-date on AV protection and be careful with any USB devices that are plugged into their PCs.

Delete Music Worm - Highly destructive for MP3 files
http://vil.mcafeesecurity.com/vil/content/v_142869.htm
http://www.symantec.com/security_response/...-073010-4123-99
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/07/31/delete_music_worm/

The Deletemusic worm spreads via removable devices. As soon as an infected device is accessed the worm will be executed. Thereafter it copies itself onto all drives, including removable devices, and executes whenever Windows is started up on compromised PCs.

With so many people relying on their PCs to store their digital music, rather than physical CDs, a worm capable of deleting an entire MP3 collection could leave someone thousands of pounds out of pocket," said Orla Cox, Security Operations Manager, Symantec Security Response. "We would recommend all users with MP3 files on their PCs to remain cautious about the removable media devices they are using in their machines.



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