Yup, you’ve heard it right. A new computer virus has been discovered by Sophos security company that spreads with the help of USB flash drives, infects your computer and deletes all your MP3 files on the hard-drive. A real threat for all music lovers, like myself, that would be devastated by the loss, i know i would; i have over 100 GB of music, not counting the full box of DVDs.
Graham Cluely, a senior member of the Sophos staff, gave this statement shortly after the news about the virus erupted:
“The authors of this worm are more likely to be teenage mischief makers than the organized criminal gangs we typically see authoring financially-motivated malware these days. As such, it’s not something we would lose an awful lot of sleep over, but there are some lessons that computer users should learn to minimize the chances of infection.”
Symantec, another famous internet security company, has named the worm W32.DeleteMusic, pretty suggestive i might add. The worm affects PCs running on Windows 2000, 95, 98, Me, NT, Server 2003, XP and Vista. Guess it would be a good time to by a Mac. I myself have a pretty solid antivirus, but it never hurts to be safe, so i recommend all of you to backup your music collection on DVDs.