By Jon Newton 4/24/05
Nopir = No Pirates, and its the name given to an e-bug which looks almost like it was purpose-created as an RIAA and/or MPAA weapon aimed at people who share with each other online.
Nopir spreads via p2p networks and does its best to delete mp3s and generally screw things up.
A "virus that deletes mp3 files from all drives and then prevents any other programs from running" was reported by FreqNasty on cdfreaks.com, and he goes on, "Task manager is also disabled after this virus has been run.
"When this virus has done it's work, a window with 'Intelligence Resource Program','Cyberbob 33 BX','The French Hacker" as well as a picture of a shady looking character and words saying "F*** the Pirates..MP3..Games ETC!!! is displayed whenever a program is attempted to start."When you try rebooting a second time, the system resets just before the OS selection screen and then does this on each subsequent attempt to restart.
"I have had to open windows from another hard drive just to be able to scan the original drive.
"No virus program I have tried detects this file as being harmful nor does any spyware program."
So who IS Cyberbob 33 BX?
Well, according to his info-blurb, he's 26 and bills himself as a, "Computer specialist (expert in computer security) program in c++, c#, visual basic assembler".
Jon Newton is the editor of p2pnet.net and is a regular contributer to MP3 Newswire. Jon's site is devoted to the politics of digital music and his insights as well as those of his co-writers can be read there. We urge you to explore it.
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