Kanon Virus spreading over Winny.

Trojan Targets Winny Users with Anime Pictures
posted on 2007-03-02 23:59 EST

Sophos reports that the trojan Troj/Pirlames-A and its variant Troj/Pirlames-B, are being circulated on the Winny file-sharing network. The trojans pose as screensavers, but when downloaded and executed, they overwrite various files with images from popular anime / Ero-game Kanon.

The images contain statements that warn the viewer to stop using peer-to-peer software like Winny.

Originally publicized on 2ch, Winny is popular with Japanese anime and video-fans, among others. On December 13, 2006, Winny creator Isamu Kaneko was convicted of assisting copyright violations and sentenced to pay a fine of 1.5 million yen. One of the messages refers to Kaneko’s sentence, stating “Even though Kaneko-San was found guilty, you’re still using Winny aren’t you. I really hate such people!”

You know, this virus is really well done. Akiko’s one might as well just make me stop using WinNY.

Source: Anime News Network

8 Comments

  1. Guncannon Said,

    March 3, 2007 @ 6:10 pm

    Shiori-chan hates Winny.

  2. TP Said,

    March 3, 2007 @ 6:25 pm

    The thing about Winny is that, it’s more crippled than its successor (was it Share?), but that’s my opinion, so I digress.

    To add one more point, to those wishing to get Share, I say, good luck. Most of the searches I found are in moonspeak, some of the download sites made use of IP tracking to restrict foreigners, and some require you to download a certain “private network” software, and seeing the number of “casual” users outnumber the “technically adept” (read: geek) users, I’d say, forget Share. Stick to whatever P2P software you are using right now.

    …Unless, of course, you want the virus.

  3. Nightingale Said,

    March 3, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    Ahahaha I ROFLed when i first saw this somewhere else,
    I must say the virus’s creator has a lota Kanon love hahahah~

  4. kuromitsu Said,

    March 3, 2007 @ 6:34 pm

    I never had any problems with Share so far. *knocks on wood* No viruses, no restrictions because of my foreign IP, etc. Of course you have to know moonspeak to use it, but that’s pretty much a given… (And I don’t know why casual users are a problem. At least they won’t hack the program to make it trade-only and stuff, like others did with winmx.)

  5. wildarmsheero Said,

    March 3, 2007 @ 10:36 pm

    You can get translated files for Share…

    I used to use Winny, but I kept getting phony files (especially when downloading Kanon. I either got porn or episodes of Naruto instead.) Share does have some phonies, but it’s mostly clean, and virus free (as far as I know.)

  6. sagematt Said,

    March 4, 2007 @ 12:46 am

    >>To add one more point, to those wishing to get Share, I say, good luck.

    It works quite well for me, since the first day I installed it, no need for VPN software or doing tech-y stuff. Without Share, I couldn’t have gotten all the obscure Higurashi stuff I now own.

    >>Of course you have to know moonspeak to use it, but that’s pretty much a given…

    Why would you use a JAPANESE sharing program to look for JAPANESE stuff if you don’t know at least a little bit of the language?

    >>You know, this virus is really well done. Akiko’s one might as well just make me stop using WinNY.

    I’d let it infect me… if you know what I mean.

  7. Shinova Said,

    March 4, 2007 @ 1:05 pm

    I don’t get it. Do the people who make those things do it for kicks, or are they really anti-p2p fanatics, or are they officials who write those viruses to “punish” p2p users?

  8. moondoggiebuiscuit Said,

    March 7, 2007 @ 10:09 am

    can someone send me some samples of the pics that appear?

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