I was over at PC World and read an article reporting about a Harry Potter virus that has surfaced online.
Security companies have intercepted an e-mail promising a copy of 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows' — which is not due for release until July 21. But rather than getting a sneak preview of the book, impatient muggles who click on the file will instead find their PC infected by the W32/Hairy-A worm.
“The W32/Hairy-A worm can automatically infect a PC when users plug in USB drives, which carry a file posing as a copy of the eagerly anticipated novel – 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows',” said Sophos. “If the users have allowed USB drives to 'auto-run' they will see a file called HarryPotter-TheDeathlyHallows.doc.”
Instead of the full text of JK Rowling's highly anticipated book, the Word document includes the phrase: 'Harry Potter is dead.'
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