December 1, 2000

Virus promoting Linux not serious

Author: JT Smith

CNet follows up on stories about a new computer worm propagating itself by email that masquerades
as a Shockwave Flash movie. "Although experts agreed that the payload does not seriously damage a victim's computer, they offered different
assessments of the risk of infection.

The virus, dubbed 'Creative,' comes in an email with the header 'A great Shockwave
flash movie,' ... and has several aliases,
including Prolin, Shockwave, W32/Prolin@mm, TROJ_SHOCKWAVE and
TROJ_PROLIN. Prolin is short for 'Pro-LINUX,' so-called because the virus inserts harmless messages
on victim computers plugging the open-source operating system."


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