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Virus Claims Harry Potter is Dead!

by Dr. Sunil Shroff on  July 1, 2007 at 2:58 PM Celebrity Health News   - G J E 4
Virus Claims Harry Potter is Dead!
A computer virus has claimed that 'Harry Potter is dead'.

Hackers have disguised the PC worm as a file called 'HarryPotter-TheDeathlyHallows.doc', the title of JK Rowling's up-coming book, out on July 21.
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The virus - known as Hairy-A - works by infecting USB memory drives plugged into computers where users have unwittingly downloaded the worm. This allows it to hop between different computers each time the device is inserted.

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Its other effects are creating a host of new users on the PC using character names from the books like Harry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. It also changes the computer's internet homepage to a spoof of book-seller Amazon.com displaying a novel called Harry Putter and the Chamber of Cheesecakes.

According to virus busters Sophos, eager fans desperate to find out the ending to the seven-book series are helping to feed the worm's spread.

"A worm like this, which infects and tampers with users' computers without their permission, is committing a criminal act," Graham Cluley, of Sophos, was quoted by The Sun, as saying.

Source: ANI
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