July 2, 2001

Virus hoax aims to dupe napster, gnutella users

Author: JT Smith

BBC: "According to the message, a
"new hybrid computer code"
named MusicPanel has
been surreptitiously buried
inside MP3 files of 500
popular tunes and
distributed over the past
eight months among
unsuspecting "song thieves" using the popular Napster
and Gnutella file-exchange services.

The hoax goes on to say "those who have downloaded
any of the 500 most popular songs ... will find their illicit
music unusable and their computers frozen due to the
time release of this bomb."

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