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Notorious S.I.L.K.

posted by Jason Kottke   Aug 04, 2002

I just received an email-borne virus based on my Silkscreen font:

Date: Fri, 02 Aug 2002 23:52:53 -0600 (MDT)
From: parallax <parallax@technet.sg>
Subject: Install the Silkscreen type family, unzip this
To: jason@kottke.org
Attachments: readme.bat, readme.txt

The idea is that you’re so keyed up to install Silkscreen that you run readme.bat and it wreaks some particular havoc on your PC. I hope people aren’t being taken in by this, but at the same time, it’s fun to see my creation twisted, shifted, and reflected back to me in a completely unexpected manner.

Update: Anil tells me it’s a Klez virus (or something like it). Klez looks for snippets of text related to downloadable files in the browser cache of an infected computer and emails copies of itself out to addresses found in the cache.

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