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Users facing a nasty surprise if they try to use infected USB sticks claiming to contain the final Harry Potter book - The Deathly Hallows.

As millions of fans around the world get ready for the release of the final Harry Potter book and the premiere of the latest Harry Potter movie, many are finding an unwelcome surprise on their PC - a Harry Potter worm.

The W32/Hairy-A worm is carried on USB drives and is capable of automatically infecting a PC when an infected USB stick is plugged in. Once plugged in infected sticks appear to carry a file containing the final novel. If users allow the USB drives to auto-run a word file called, "Harry Potter - The Deathly Hallows," will appear and inside the word document contains the phrase "Harry Potter is dead." The worm then goes on to infect other removable drives on the system.

After infecting Windows the worm creates new users on the machine, specifically Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley. Upon logging in users will come to find a grim message, "read and repent/ the end is near/ repent from your evil ways O Ye folks/ lest you burn in hell...JK Rowling especially."

Full story:http://www.itpro.co.uk/news/118748/harry-p...ecting-pcs.html

Thanks to Jack Scribe.

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