Wireless TV virus

Catégorie: Virus hoax Découvert le: 12 avr. 2005
Type: hoaxMis à jour le: 08 juin 2006


Le 1er avril 2005, le journaliste de VNU Iain Thomson a écrit un poisson d'avril sur un supposé nouveau virus sans fil qui, disait-on, se propagait via des signaux de télévision. Le virus recherchait apparemment un dispositif électronique à l'aide d'une horloge et l'infectait.

Alors qu'il s'agissait réellement d'un Poisson d'Avril, un certain nombre de sites Web ont republié l'histoire en pensant qu'elle était réelle.

Le texte du canular était le suivant :

Wireless TV virus wreaking havoc

A new wireless virus has had security experts warning all households to take precautions.

Gregor.A was first detected in the early hours of the morning in Australia and has quickly spread via wireless connections and TV signals. Once activated it seeks out any electronic device with a clock, which is then reset to zero, before sending itself on.

"We've been talking about zero day attacks for quite some time and now someone has taken us seriously," said Professor Aprille Eine of the government's new computer research centre OFVIR.

"We are very concerned that people are not reacting quickly enough to face the threat from this attack. When its payload is activated there could be chaos in homes across the country."

The government is urging people to check around their homes for signs of infection and disconnect any appliances that are showing a clock with flashing zeros. Computers, videos and TVs are all susceptible.

Antivirus firms are working on a signature and expect to have a solution by the end of the day.

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