Feeds

Its official: Pokemon are viral

The little yellow critter is the cover for the latest email worm

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

We've had to deal with Pokemon trading cards, Pokemon games and Pokemon cartoons but it all got a little bit worse with the arrival on the scene of a Pokemon worm.

Another addition to the "Outlook" hall of fame, this little blighter will delete your Windows system files and so on in a very familiar way. Click here for Symantec's summary of the worm.

Clearly targeting the younger emailers, the worm arrives with the email subject "Pikachu Pokemon". The email purports to be from the Pikachu website and contains an attachment file "pikachupokemon.exe" which will only run if the file MSVBVM60.dll is installed and available on the system.

Symantec describes the threat as minimal and says that customers who have updated their virus protection since June 28 will be fine. Outlook express is not affected. ®

Related Stories

Fresh strain of LoveBug virus is out
Love Bug suspect released

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
New hybrid storage solutions
Tackling data challenges through emerging hybrid storage solutions that enable optimum database performance whilst managing costs and increasingly large data stores.