Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus and
spam analysis centres, have discovered a worm which has taken the
law into its own hands against internet music pirates.
worm, which appears to have originated in France, spreads via
peer-to-peer file-sharing systems posing as a hacked utility to
make copies of commercial DVDs. However, in reality it displays an
anti-piracy graphic, and attempts to delete all MP3 music files,
disable various system utilities, and wipe .COM programs on the
|The image displayed by the Nopir-B worm.
"The internet is swamped with people pirating movies and music,
costing the entertainment industry millions each year. The Nopir-B
worm targets people it believes may be involved in piracy, but
fails to discriminate between the true criminals and those who may
have MP3 files they have created themselves," said Graham Cluley, senior
technology consultant for Sophos. "Whichever side of the fence you
come down on in regards to internet piracy, there's no debate about
the criminal nature of this worm - designed to inflict malicious
damage on people's Windows computers."
Internet pirates who have illegally distributed music files,
movies and TV shows have been in the news recently as ISPs have
been ordered in a number of cases to provide identitifying details
of those individuals responsible so prosecutions can be brought
against them. Last month, a Canadian man lost his job after it was
found he had leaked the first episode of the eagerly anticipated
BBC science fiction series "Doctor Who" onto the internet three
weeks before its official broadcast.
Although there have only been a small reports of the worm,
Sophos recommends computer users ensure their anti-virus software
is up-to-date, and that companies protect themselves with a
consolidated solution which can defend them
from the threats of both spam and viruses.
Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.