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24 Aug 2000

Pokemon poses no problem to Sophos users

A virus which displays an animated cartoon of the Pokemon character Pikachu has captured the imagination of many in the media today. But the virus poses no threat to Sophos customers who have kept their protection up to date.


Despite the media hysteria generated by this virus Sophos advises that the virus does not appear to be spreading in the wild.

"Just like the Love Bug appealed to people's hearts by posing as a love letter, this virus appeals to the child in everyone by pretending to be a Pokemon game," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos Anti-Virus. "The virus author is deliberately targeting children and parents in an attempt to spread his virus further."

The W32/Pikachu virus (also known as Pokey) has been detected by Sophos Anti-Virus since early July 2000.

For a full description of W32/Pikachu click here.

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