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Japanese virus shares private info

June 13th, 2006

A computer virus that targets the popular file-sharing program Winny isn´t the most destructive bug or even the most widespread. But it´s the most talked about in Japan as it generates headline after headline, month after month.

The malware, called Antinny, finds random files on Winny users´ PCs and makes them available on the file-sharing network. So far, the data leaked have been varied and plentiful: passwords for restricted areas at airports, police investigations, customer information, sales reports, staff lists.

The constantly updated virus seems to have spared no one airlines, local police forces, mobile phone companies, the National Defence Agency. Even an antivirus software manufacturer has suffered.Read Full Story

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