Haruhi invading your local PC soon

From Anime News Service,

8-4-06 (6:03AM EDT)—- Suzumiya Haruhi Computer Viruses
Everyone pretty much knows the popularity of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has taken on viral proportions but this is just rediculous. First identified in Japan sometime in July, 2006, 2 new computer viruses have been on the spread, using omake images from the breakout hit anime. Also known as TSPY_HARADONG.A and TSPY_DENUTARO.J, the malicious programs are usually acquired through filesharing networks or websites. In the case of TSPY_HARADONG.A it then makes a screen shot of the infected computer and saves it as a file. It up-loads file to a FTP site by using a specific user account. When executed, the program displays several different image still from the Haruhi Suzumiya TV anime. At the same time a whole host of files with popular media and web-related extensions are deleted in whatever folder the program happens to reside. Trend Micro Japan has logged descriptions of the viruses and you can view them here and here.

Interesting… I wonder what to make out of this….

Hopefully it’s not Yuki who’s doing the coding on this… I have feeling it may be very very hard to disinfect.

9 Comments

  1. Tsubaki Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 1:07 am

    Totally gay. Riding on the feelings of Haruhi fanboys and hitting such a low-blow on them.

  2. Haesslich Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 1:26 am

    Just shows you that either the series is that popular (which is why the Britney Spears virus did well), or else someone really, REALLY hates Haruhi.

  3. j.valdez Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 4:41 am

    I agree with Tsubaki, that is shear blasphemy. We should take whoever disgraced the beloved name of Suzumiya Haruhi skip the trial and sentence them to thirty days of community service!

  4. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 5:28 am

    Well… yes… immortalizing Haruhi-sama as a piece of malevolent code is not the best idea. I guess it must be some crazed fan who writes virus as a hobby or a genuine Haruhi-sama hater.

    A friend of mine translated the virus database pages for me, and apparently, it not only deletes IE, Firefox, Notepad, WMP and most major antivirus program system files, it also wipes out all your movies, pictures and music files as well…

    Don’t want to imagine it in my PC =.=;;;….

  5. Maiku Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 7:09 am

    Now that’s viral marketing/advertising ^^;

  6. TP Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 9:42 am

    Sigh… I guess cross-relationships between Japan and Korea hit another low. I came across the name of the virus, suspected it to originate from Korea. Either North or South doesn’t matter anymore.

    Still, why Korea, Why?

  7. Haesslich Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 1:51 pm

    Three words, TP: Second World War.

    Five more: Many bored broadband users there.

    Seven more: Hackers don’t care who they infect anymore.

  8. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    August 5, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

    Haesslich, you forgot this…

    One word: Idiots.

  9. DrmChsr0 Said,

    October 14, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

    That’s rather thorough :V

    Now where’s my computer-asploding virus :V

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