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Warning: A worm is spreading through Orkut

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Hey everyone! If you’re a frequent Orkut user (I’m sure many of my Indian friends are), this is a warning for you:

If you’ve read the following scrapbook entry in Orkut

2008 vem ai… que ele comece mto bem para vc

from one of your friends, you’re infected.

Simply viewing the message alone is sufficient for your Orkut account to be added to a new community named “Infectados pelo Vírus do Orkut” and be an unwilling new host for the worm.

At the time of this writing, the number of Orkut members in Infectados pelo Vírus do Orkut is already at the 400K mark. (read more here)

I’m not sure of doing what can prevent infections. Please post your views in the comments. Also, pass on this information to your friends.

Written by admin

December 20th, 2007 at 4:05 am

  • http://www.gowfb.com/Living-Room-Furniture-Recliners-c-59_206.php?cPath=59_206 Recliners

    Thanks for the warning.

  • http://techblissonline.com Techblissonline Dot Com

    ooh then i shouldn’t be logging into orkut….

    and shankar a new theme here…

  • http://ashwinr.com/ Ashwin

    Nothing happens to my PC. I literally play with this virus file, visit crack sites for malwares, open .exe viruses but nothing happens. Gotta love Mac OS X for this!

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com/ Shankar Ganesh

    @Recliners: You’re welcome.
    @TechBliss: Yeah, just changed it.
    @Ashwin: LOL one lucky guy you are. Macs rock :P

  • http://fivepointsome1.blogspot.com Subhash

    I wish someone make this kinda template for Blogger..Its simple and great Ganesh

  • http://www.techdune.com/ TechDune

    ohh my god !
    Thanks for the warning ..i am going to warn my friends and family.. :)

  • http://www.nirmaltv.com Nirmal

    Another virus?
    Does this virus get downloaded to the system?

  • http://groove-bay.com Will Oldham

    Luckily haven’t come across this virus till now. Anyway thanks for your warning.

  • http://technoworld.uni.cc Siddharth

    This is not possible
    not at all possible :D
    You cannnot download anything like this into ur system and that too frm orkut ha ha
    also wht is the antivirus doing in the sytem ;)
    this is just a rumour
    wht do u all think???

  • http://amachu.net amachu

    i do not have orkut account :-)

    then when can i expect your first tamizh padhivu?

  • http://amachu.net amachu

    i do not have orkut account :-)

    and ur first ubuntu tamizh planet entry eppo?

  • http://www.online-tech-tips.com Aseem Kishore

    Thanks for the heads-up !
    Will sure pass the word around !

  • http://www.whoismadhur.com Madhur Kapoor

    I havent been infected till now but i think i will as we can do nothing to prevent it . Btw Nice theme .

  • http://www.sizzledcore.com Haris

    :O GTG, and check my scrapbook if I’m also infected. Anyways, thanks a lot for the warning. I’ll warn others too.

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com/ Shankar Ganesh

    @Subash: Glad you liked it.
    @Siddharth: Well, this IS possible – http://www.marrowbones.com/commons/technosocial/2007/12/googles_orkut_hit_with_a_javas.html
    @Amachu: Very soon.
    @Aseem: Do tell others.
    @Madhur: Thanks Madhur.
    @Haris: You’re welcome.

  • http://jalaj.net/ Jalaj
  • http://www.rambhai.com/ rambhai

    btw wat does this worm do to your system???

  • http://groove-bay.com Music Site

    I never had this, may be because I use different software, but I hate something that happens on yahoo messenger, it is a silly messages that come from my friends on the messenger and when I click on them then they never stop and eventually I format my computer again and install yahoo messenger again, though my friends told me that couldn’t get rid of it, anyway, I learned not to click on them and ignore them,

    Does anyone know what is that?

    Thank you very much,
    Regards.

  • http://abhiecool4u.wordpress.com/ ABHIECOOL

    thanx for informing about that orkut blog even i got that message but i deleted that scrap! does that hlp?

    BTW i’m a new blogger so you might wanna check out my blog

  • http://www.mboxa.com Barling

    btw wat does this worm do to your system???

  • http://none cool

    wow thanks for letting us know.

  • http://www.techzilo.com Sumesh

    Orkut’s getting increasingly worrying.

  • http://www.stylusouls.com immy00100

    very useful information and warning though, but what do we all think?? is’t it time to leave orkut? that community is pit of spammers they flood your scrap book communities and inboxes to death =(
    i switched to facebook a long time ago, since then (almost 1 year) i never logged in to my orkut profile.

  • http://www.groovypost.com MrGroove

    OUch….. that’s not good. Not sure why you would use OrKut anyway :)