Erazor worm goes after Peer2Peer downloads

Written by Brett Thomas

May 16, 2006 | 15:47

Tags: #mpaa #p2p #peer-to-peer #trojan #worm

Companies: #riaa

In an ironic twist of fate, a new trojan is helping to clean up the P2P networks. Dubbed 'Erazor', the pint-sized programme disables your virus scanner (a common thing), but then does something quite unusual: it disables all other malware on your system, and then deletes only the contents of your P2P download directories.

Could this be some vigilante bug meant to curb the ever-growing warez scene? Most virus companies don't seem to think so. They rank the trojan as a fairly high threat which could have much more malicious intents. Even so, one has to chuckle about the irony of a virus whose major visible effect is deleting your illegal activities.

In fact, some people have gone so far as to develop a conspiracy theory involving the MPAA and RIAA. After all, if you really think about it, they're the ones with the most to gain from deletion of such files. An interesting thought...

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