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  Panda Software Warns of Sudoku Game Virus
 
  Several web pages, mainly with p0rn0graphic or illegal content, are downloading spyware programs onto computers without the consent of the sites' visitors. These web pages are designed to exploit different software vulnerabilities to automatically install malware on systems.

One of these programs is particularly dangerous due to its enticing bait: a sudoku puzzle. The application operates perfectly, allowing users to play the game. However, without the users knowledge, it downloads a spyware, YazzleSudoku, every time the user opens the application.

Once YazzleSudoku is installed on a computer, it creates several Windows registry entries to ensure that it remains active. Similarly, it generates a series of files it needs to operate, with names such as RL_SudokuInstaller.rar.lnk, or Yazzle Sudoku. Then, YazzleSudoku displays advertising messages on screen.

It is important to note that when starting to play the game, users are warned that spyware will be installed. If the user agrees, the spyware will be installed on the computer. However, if users do not agree, they will not be able to use the sudoku program.

According to Luis Corrons, director of PandaLabs: "Spyware is, without a doubt, one of the major threats to users. This type of malware clearly conforms to the current objective of malware creators: earning money. Nevertheless, as the effects of spyware are not particularly obvious and do not appear to be dangerous, many users do not treat spyware with the caution needed. This is a mistake, as spyware does not just slow down systems and cause errors -- it also intrudes upon the privacy of users who should not consent to its installation."

For further information about this threat, click here.

 
      Posted by: Agitator!!, April 6, 2006, 5:45 am  

 
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