Bertelsmann’s secret Napster clone

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Bertelsmann's secret Napster clone

Several anti-virus vendors say the W32/Gnuman.worm, or Mandragore, is the first virus to affect peer-to-peer communications. Disguised as a requested media file, the concealed EXE file infects a user’s computer when the program is run, then cloaks itself for other Gnutella users, modifying itself to answer any Gnutella search.

McAfee found the virus Monday but has not identified its origin. It is classified low-risk because it does little real harm and only infects users running Gnutella and compatible software such as Gnotella, BearShare, LimeWire or ToadNode.

More information is available at idg.com,newsBytes.yahoo and zdnn.com.

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