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Kazaa Delivers More Than Tunes [45% of Files have Virus]
Wired News ^ | 1/9/04 | Kim Zetter

Posted on 01/09/2004 4:51:04 PM PST by freedom44

Edited on 06/29/2004 7:10:15 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Forty-five percent of the executable files downloaded through Kazaa, the most popular file-sharing program, contain malicious code like viruses and Trojan horses, according to a new study.

Out of 4,778 files downloaded in one month, Bruce Hughes, director of malicious code research at security firm TruSecure, found that nearly half of them contained various types of nefarious code.


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1 posted on 01/09/2004 4:51:04 PM PST by freedom44
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To: freedom44
Kazaa may look clean, but...
2 posted on 01/09/2004 4:51:45 PM PST by wimpycat ("Black holes are where God divided by zero.")
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3 posted on 01/09/2004 4:55:19 PM PST by Support Free Republic (I'd rather be sleeping. Let's get this over with so I can go back to sleep!)
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To: wimpycat
Kazaa is a virus if you ask me. But I wonder if this guy was giving interviews from his office at RIAA headquarters? The title says 45% of files have virus, but the body of the story says he only tested .exe files. That calls into question anything else in the story. You deserve a virus if you download executable files.
4 posted on 01/09/2004 4:56:06 PM PST by metalcor
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To: wimpycat
brings back memories of the old school days of napster...ahhh the memories
5 posted on 01/09/2004 4:57:54 PM PST by wallcrawlr
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To: freedom44
wouldnt Norton AV or a program like "Search and Destroy" catch these things?
6 posted on 01/09/2004 4:58:11 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: Budge; maxplunder
Ping!
7 posted on 01/09/2004 4:58:55 PM PST by sweetliberty (Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. - (LOTR))
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To: freedom44
I wonder when someone will get really creative and hack the backdoor programs that are installed with Kazaa.
8 posted on 01/09/2004 4:59:49 PM PST by Paul C. Jesup
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
they do..... I catch them all the time. But some still get through
9 posted on 01/09/2004 5:02:57 PM PST by ezoeni
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To: metalcor
Kazaa is a virus

Ya got that right!! Last Spring, my son's wife downloaded some Kazaa crap and then the klez virus got to me through them. It destroyed my computer. I actually bought a new comp because it would be so costly to have the '98 purged of it. He did too.

No more Kazaa at THIER house!

10 posted on 01/09/2004 5:03:36 PM PST by EggsAckley
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To: freedom44
Most of what people download from Kazaa poses no threat, in that they are non-executable (MP3s, AVIs, etc).

However, if you download software, you should have an industrial-strength condom on your PC.

I've found that downloading any type of security software (firewall, AV software) is just asking for trouble.

Stick to non-executable and you'll be OK.
11 posted on 01/09/2004 5:04:18 PM PST by mikenola
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
wouldnt Norton AV or a program like "Search and Destroy" catch these things?

Not if your teenagers have disabled the anti-virus software!

12 posted on 01/09/2004 5:06:20 PM PST by Tax-chick (I reserve the right to disclaim all January 2004 posts after the BABY is born!)
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To: freedom44
Pure BS.
13 posted on 01/09/2004 5:12:13 PM PST by TankerKC (...and, don't flash at me or I'll never move over!)
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To: metalcor
I don't know anything about Kazaa or Napster. I had a slow computer and slow dial-up connection when Napster was around, and I'm not allowed to download music I didn't pay for. My husband has a major pet-peeve against it.
14 posted on 01/09/2004 5:13:38 PM PST by wimpycat ("Black holes are where God divided by zero.")
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To: TankerKC
whats pure BS?
15 posted on 01/09/2004 5:13:43 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: wimpycat
poor girl...your missing out on alot needless to say

porn, music, videos, games, pixs, any kind of application you'd want
16 posted on 01/09/2004 5:14:49 PM PST by stuck_in_new_orleans
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To: EggsAckley
I have kazaa lite. My sister has regular Kazaa and its a nightmare. I also have a hard drive scrubber that I use to delete any .dat files or anything that can't be deleted the regular way.
17 posted on 01/09/2004 5:17:15 PM PST by cyborg
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To: freedom44; Admin Moderator
This is a very misleading title. 45% of executables have viruses. No music files are executables and a very small percentage of files of all types downloaded are .exe.

Please try not to put out misinformation, unless you're getting paid by the recording industry.

18 posted on 01/09/2004 5:17:56 PM PST by AAABEST
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans; wimpycat
See # 18
19 posted on 01/09/2004 5:18:40 PM PST by AAABEST
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To: EggsAckley
It destroyed my computer. I actually bought a new comp because it would be so costly to have the '98 purged of it.

One of the nastiest, IMHO is when a program is inserted that tells the computer when it is ordered to start up "to shut down." Basically shut down, means shut down and start up means shut down.

This virus can sit in a computer for months. When a person restarts his computer as directed for a legitimate program to be effective the computer won't reboot. Also a person shuts down and goes on vacation and comes home and can't restart his computer.

Usually hardware gets the blame first, and it takes awhile to know what happened. I would imagine a few good computers got junked because of the malicious program. -Tom

20 posted on 01/09/2004 5:20:00 PM PST by Capt. Tom (Don't confuse the Bushies with the dumb republicans. - Capt. Tom)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
.poor girl...your missing out on alot needless to say ..any kind of application you'd want...

LOL! Aaaaanny-teeeng I want, huh? You make it sound so dirty! I might catch some sort of disease! You don't know where that file's been. Download a file, and you download every computer that file has been with...EWWWW!

21 posted on 01/09/2004 5:20:15 PM PST by wimpycat ("Black holes are where God divided by zero.")
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To: freedom44; metalcor; wallcrawlr; sweetliberty; Paul C. Jesup; ezoeni; EggsAckley; Tax-chick; ...
This is exactly why we should be careful when taking liberties with titles.

If you're not sure of what you're typing don't effen type.

See # 18

22 posted on 01/09/2004 5:21:47 PM PST by AAABEST
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To: freedom44
I've had several viruses try to bite me via Kazaa downloads. As long as you have a good, real-time antivirus program running with updated .dat files, you should be OK.
23 posted on 01/09/2004 5:22:52 PM PST by Viking2002
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To: Viking2002
Hey, no Anti-Virus software is 100% effective. Abstinence is the best anti-virus...
24 posted on 01/09/2004 5:25:58 PM PST by wimpycat ("Black holes are where God divided by zero.")
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To: metalcor
The title says 45% of files have virus, but the body of the story says he only tested .exe files. That calls into question anything else in the story. You deserve a virus if you download executable files.
Exactly. Thanks for saving me the typing. ;-)
25 posted on 01/09/2004 5:26:02 PM PST by Tunehead54 (Support Our Troops!)
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To: metalcor
The very first line in the article specifies executable files. So the original title is not misleading, but the comments in brackets might make it so.
26 posted on 01/09/2004 5:29:48 PM PST by wimpycat ("Black holes are where God divided by zero.")
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To: freedom44
The viruses are only the half of it. I have helped friends clean up after Kazaa and found literally hundreds of spyware and mal-ware programs installed on their computers not only compromising their privacy, but also dragging their Internet connections to a crawl. Some of the mal-ware programs were actually Trojan Horses that later opened their computers to hacker attack.

If you or your kids have used Kazaa or similar file sharing programs get rid of them and run Ad Aware or Spy-Bot to clean up the spyware and then run the latest update of your anti-virus program and finally install a good firewall like Zone Alarm.

27 posted on 01/09/2004 5:32:28 PM PST by The Great RJ
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To: freedom44
Thanks for article, however, your amended title is misleading.

It seems to imply that the music files, which most would tend to associate with Kazaa due to recent news, have viruses... which is not the point of the article.
28 posted on 01/09/2004 5:38:47 PM PST by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: freedom44
Forty-five percent of the executable files downloaded through Kazaa,

Any reason you didn't include this whole statement in the headline?

It's impossible for .mp3 files to have a virus. As far as I can tell, it's impossible for any movie format file (.avi, .mpeg, etc.) to have a virus, either. Why? Because you're not executing the file itself, you're executing the file through a player like WinAmp or Windows Media Player.

Considering most people download only movies and mp3 files, I'd say there's really nothing to worry about, especially if you have a half decent virus scanner.
29 posted on 01/09/2004 5:39:33 PM PST by Quick1
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To: freedom44
Just about every file has a virus...Sounds like a Hitlery excuse.
30 posted on 01/09/2004 5:42:01 PM PST by metalboy (I`m still waiting for the protests against Saddam and Al Qaida)
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To: The Great RJ
Give KaZaa Lite a spin. I won't include a link for obvious reasons, but it's easy to find via Google. KaZaa Lite is completely spyware-free.
31 posted on 01/09/2004 5:42:54 PM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1
I thought headlines were headlines... the one that the writer gave to the copy.
32 posted on 01/09/2004 5:50:34 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
I meant the part of the headline that was added on by the poster, in the brackets. It was quite misleading.
33 posted on 01/09/2004 5:52:15 PM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1
Yeah, but it is done all the time on FR... the addition is always in brackets. I thought this was kind of overlooked.
34 posted on 01/09/2004 5:55:21 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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To: Pan_Yans Wife
Yes, it's overlooked, because when people post a fact from the article, they tend to post the actual fact, instead of making something up themselves. I don't mind that he added on, it's the content of what he added on that I object to.
35 posted on 01/09/2004 6:02:45 PM PST by Quick1
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To: Quick1
Well, I don't know that I can agree about the characterization of the "fact adding". But, maybe FR will change its unspoken guidelines.

It could just be that the poster made an error.
36 posted on 01/09/2004 6:05:00 PM PST by Pan_Yans Wife (Freedom is a package deal - with it comes responsibilities and consequences.)
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To: mikenola
"However, if you download software, you should have an industrial-strength condom on your PC"



Would this help?
37 posted on 01/09/2004 6:17:12 PM PST by reagan_fanatic (Ain't Skeered...)
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To: All
Embedded in the article is the fact that this only refers to software downloads. It is not possible to infect the other files.
38 posted on 01/09/2004 6:46:24 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
Yep; I did some testing of my own, and the viruses were caught. You just find something that isn't infected, which isn't hard.
39 posted on 01/09/2004 6:47:25 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: mikenola
If you try to download security software off of Kazaa, you are one cheapo! Plus, the hackers get their kicks trying to infect the security software.....
40 posted on 01/09/2004 6:49:37 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: stuck_in_new_orleans
I download lots of tv shows myself.
41 posted on 01/09/2004 6:51:14 PM PST by rwfromkansas ("Men stumble over the truth, but most pick themselves up as if nothing had happened." Churchill)
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To: wallcrawlr
brings back memories of the old school days of napster...ahhh the memories

Back in the day?

42 posted on 01/09/2004 7:14:08 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (www.VirtueMedia.org)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Look out! That computer has a Trojan.


43 posted on 01/09/2004 7:45:07 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (www.VirtueMedia.org)
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To: metalcor
My daughter and I have downloaded thousands of files on Kazaa. Every single one has been an mp3, mpg or AVI file. I guess I have a screwed up ethics system - I PAY for software because I consider it intellectual property.
44 posted on 01/16/2004 8:20:48 AM PST by RobRoy
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To: RobRoy
bump
45 posted on 01/20/2004 6:26:54 PM PST by NYC Republican
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