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Japanese P2P Trojan taunts users as it deletes all their PC’s files

Japanese P2P Trojan taunts users as it deletes all their PC’s files

Instead of the proverbial “gotcha letter” via your ISP, a mysterious copyright holder has created a trojan that overwrites P2P users program files with popular comic book character images warning them not to use P2P.

An odd tale of “cat and mouse” is being reported from Japanese users of the Winny P2P file-sharing network, in that a particularly lethal form of malware is being distributed that overwrites their program files with a popular comic book star who scolds them for illegally downloading files.

One of the images, which oddly enough sings a song about fish-shaped pancakes filled with bean jam, includes a phone number, though it has yet to be checked to see if it belongs to the real malware author.

Apparently not content with the ubiquitous “Dear Mr. John Doe” letter, somebody has taken the fight against illegal file-sharing nuclear.

The Trojan poses as a harmless screensaver, though why anybody would want to download a screensaver in the first place is beyond me.

“This is one of the most bizarre pieces of malware we have seen in our labs for quite some time, but it’s data-destroying payload is no laughing matter,” said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. “But it acts as a timely reminder to companies that they may want to control users’ access to P2P file-sharing software not just because they can eat up bandwidth, but also because they can present a security risk to your corporate data.”

It reportedly targets programs, music files, and e-mail boxes, affecting files the following types of files:

EXE, BAT, CMD, INI, ASP, HTM, HTML, PHP, CLASS, JAVA, DBX, EML, MBX, TBB, WAB, HLP, TXT, MP3, XLS, LOG, BMP

The notion of somebody going to such extremes to target illegal file-sharers actually makes me kind of laugh but, I’m sure the poor fellows who are now staring at some creepy singing anime character aren’t laughing one bit as the PC files are slowly eaten away. Maybe that’s where the “pancakes filled with bean jam” song comes in, people’s files have become a digital breakfast.

Here’s one of the Trojan images below. It reads:

“Ah, I see you are using P2P again…if you don’t stop in 0.5 seconds, I’m going to kill you.” Talk about a threat boy, jeeze.

Say what? “I’m going to kill you?” That’s just plain wrong and borderline sadistic.

Here’s a few more (clockwise from left):

“This is a visit from the prevealant Piro virus! Stop P2P! If you don’t I’ll tell the police!”
“Even though Kaneko-San was found guilty, you’re still using Winny aren’t you. I really hate such people!”
“Ugu! It’s me, Ayu Tsukimaya! I think I might start destroying downloaded files and P2P software now…”
“Taiyaki, taiyaki, oh I’d liek to eat some…If you don’t bring me some, I’ll destroy your files…If you don’t stop using Winny, I’ll expose you to the police….My phone number is XXXXXXXX….”

So I think this Trojan is obviously part of some sort of plan to scare the dickens out of young, impressionable, Japanese schoolchildren, who are fans of these comic-book characters and are also likely to scare easily with threats of “I’m gonna kill you” or of “calling the police”

I’ll admit it may be effective with young kids, it might’ve even scared me straight I think but, in reality it will most certainly only backfire as parents have to soon start consoling their children over how their favorite comic book character is dancing on their PC screen, deleting all of their kids files,and threatening to “kill them” or “turn them in to the police.” I wonder how you say lawsuit in Japanese.

Threatening to kill P2P users is taking the war against illegal file-sharing to a hole new level. Have Japanese copyright-holders in fact gone “nuclear” in their fight?

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
soulxtc
soulxtc

well if it is automatically deleting your files then where the extortion for money part?

meyou123
meyou123

I hope whoever made this is found out and has a DDOS attack on his ass! Mabye if he had his whole hard drive wiped he would think again about trying to scare kids with this stupid nonsense. But I also think lawsuits are probably comming so if someone does not get this guy one way it will probably be the other.

Psilaxs
Psilaxs

has anyone else not noticed this? On the front page right below the snippet about how bad this trojan is there is "Related Software Poisoned BearShare Lite ZP2P Blubster BearShare"

prh99
prh99

I doubt the copyright holders are behind this if they are they've opened themselves up to some serious liability for distributing a trojan and doing damage to files. Then there is making threats like "Iam going to kill you. It's illegal in the most modern countries (U.S Japan Canada and most of Europe) to knowingly distribute such software. So yeah I serious doubt a content owner was behind it unless they're completely stupid and completely ignore their legal staff.

soulxtc
soulxtc

you're probably right but doesnt make the story any less stranger.

meyou123
meyou123

I don't think it was the media mafia that did this though I seriously doubt they dissaprove of it either.....with some of the tact they have shown in the past I would not be suprised if they gave this guy a pat on the back!

ejonesss
ejonesss

that is asking for tyrouble because what is to keep someone from setting up a bank or something by planting a p2p program on a bank's servers or even the servers of the japanese version of the stock exchange and bring down the economy. it is probably a terrorist trying to extort moneo or something

soulxtc
soulxtc

@ meyou123 I hope so.....its clearly targeted at little kids....now Ive seen copyright holders do some f-d up stuff but this has got to take the cake. Its like some "scared Straight" series gone sadistic. Telling a kid "you're going to kill them and/or call the cops on them using their favorite comic book characters is just flat out wrong pure and simple.



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