Worm trashes music files

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Aug 1, 2007

MP3s targeted for destruction.

A new worm has been spotted attempting to delete .mp3 music files from infected systems and attached devices.

Once a machine is compromised, the worm, imaginatively named 'W32.Deletemusic' (Symantec) and 'W32/DeleteMP3' (McAfee), spreads to all drives, including removable devices such as music players and USB flash drives, and tries to destroy files in the MP3 format, commonly used to store music and podcasts.

With no clear idea of the motive of the attack emerging, a jocular writer at The Register has suggested that the music industry, believing itself to be under threat from widespread illegal sharing of music online, may be involved in the attack in an attempt to shore up flagging sales.

More technical detail of the worm, described as 'very low' risk, is at Symantec here.

Posted on 01 August 2007 by Virus Bulletin


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