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Harry Potter virus targets children

by Marianna Schmudlach / June 5, 2004 2:27 PM PDT

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Paul Allen, Computeractive 04 Jun 2004

Virus authors have tapped into excitement over the latest Harry Potter film to spread an old worm.

Netsky.P was the second most common virus in May, according to figures from anti-virus companies. Now the worm seems to have found new life by enticing young computer users with promises of material relating to the Hogwarts hero.

While there is nothing sophisiticated about the worm's technique, innocent youngsters have been opening the attached file and letting Netsky.P wriggle on to the family hard disk.


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