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Panda Software warns of the spread of a false virus for blog

by Marianna Schmudlach / April 21, 2006 1:31 AM PDT

Madrid, April 21, - PandaLabs has discovered a false virus for blogs
which is beginning to cause confusion among blog writers and readers.
This supposed 'malicious code', discovered last January, is simply a
joke created by a Dutch author which suggests inserting an animated
graphic in blogs. The graphic is a picture of a virus that makes a
series of comments, such as how it intends to dominate the blogs around
the world.

PandaLabs reminds users that even though this 'virus' poses no threat,
there is a possibility that by exploiting the impact of this joke on
many blogs, the same technique might be used to spread genuinely
damaging malicious code. To avoid such possible problems, PandaLabs
advises users not to insert references to third-party code on personal
web pages, even if they are simply jokes. For those who want to insert
items from other sites, it is important to ensure that no calls are made
to remote servers and that the content is hosted on the author's server.

According to Luis Corrons, "the malware situation is currently quite
delicate, as complex social engineering techniques are frequently used
and it is possible that malicious code could be spread involuntarily
among circles of blog writers exchanging information."

If blog readers and users suspect the existence of malicious code on a
web page that could have infected their computer, Panda Software offers
ActiveScan (www.pandasoftware.com/activescan), a free online tool for
detecting and eliminating any malicious code. ActiveScan includes
TruPrevent(tm) Technologies, and can therefore even detect unknown
malicious code.

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