01 Nov 2001
Powerpuff Girls struck down by FunLove, Sophos warns of infected DVD
Sophos has learnt that a DVD from Warner Bros featuring new
cartoon stars, the Powerpuff Girls, is infected by the FunLove virus. If the disc
- called 'Meet the Beat Alls" (a pun on the album title, 'Meet The
Beatles') - is installed onto a PC, the virus attempts to infect
files held on the local hard drive as well as network
"FunLove is like a bad penny - two years after it first turned
up it's still refusing to go away" said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant at Sophos Anti-Virus. "This infection puts
the Powerpuff Girls in good company - other FunLove victims have
included companies such as Microsoft and Dell. There's no excuse
for this infection, FunLove is easy to detect and patch
Warner Bros has recalled all versions of the DVD. Although the
Powerpuff Girls are already stars of Channel 5's Saturday morning
TV, this DVD has not yet been distributed in the UK. Sophos is
advising anyone who has bought the DVD from outside the UK to
either return it or destroy it.
Once a network is infected, FunLove can automatically spread
between all connected PCs, it also allows all users unrestricted
file access. Read about the FunLove virus here.
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