June 29, 2001

Virus watchers seek to mute MP3 hoax

Author: JT Smith

CNET News.com: "Virus experts and members of online message boards are decrying a purported MP3 virus
as a hoax.

A document dated June 27 and posted to several Internet newsgroups warns of an "imbedded
hybrid computer code" named MusicPanel that has been secretly buried in the MP3 files of 500
popular songs distributed over the past eight months among users of popular music file-trading
networks Napster and Gnutella. The warning says that this virus will strike downloaded MP3 music
files on July 4."

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