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Old 05-27-03, 03:16 PM
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Virii, P2P, & Computer Securities (discussion?)

Well, I've seen some questions regarding lose of data obtained through Kazaa throughout... and I got to thinking about how the data could be there one second and gone another.

Now I've recently downloaded a few things in Kazaa and the result were two virii. One was W32.HLLP.Handy and a variation of the Worm.P2P.Surnova.

For the most part these virii just replicate themselves over P2P: Kazaa, WinMX, iMesh, etc., IM: ICQ, MSN Messenger, etc.

That's all they do, is replicate themselves.

So in essence, they are not data harmful, just data wasteful.

Okay, onto the discussion...

In one of the recent threads, some one suggested that data lose in the shared folder for Kazaa was erased via a virus. In my research I could not find a virus that was directly affiliated with Kazaa or any other P2P program. So what kind of virii are out there that are data harmful?
Old 05-27-03, 03:31 PM
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It's virus/viruses.

Loveletter and melissa (David Smith got 20 months for this one, heheh) were both data destructive. P2P is just a possible transmission path for malicious code. Just because worms like fizzer seem relatively harmless because they don't do much doesn't mean the danger isn't there. A couple of extra lines added by the writer and poof, there went your data.
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Guess thats the price you pay for trying to get stuff for free.
After my little misshap I'm now using PeerGuardian. It blocks known IP's from the RIAA and their associate groups that track P2P users. I already had Zone Alarm but I guess that doesn't help when they go through the P2P network. I have scanned my PC everyday with Norton Antivirus and it has found nothing. I'm not sure if it was a virus. It was more like someone got into my Shared Folder and just deleted everything. I didn't think that was possible but I'm no security expert.
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hardware firewall and avg here.. never once had a problem
and you dont even want to know about the underbelly of the internet that I put this computer through
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Originally posted by twikoff
hardware firewall and avg here.. never once had a problem
and you dont even want to know about the underbelly of the internet that I put this computer through
You and Phil L. have many of the same tastes...?

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