Potter-mania fuels Netsky.P virus



The frenzy surrounding the latest Harry Potter film is helping to keep the prevalent Netsky.P worm alive, The Register reports.

Almost three months on from the first sighting of Netsky.P back in late March the worm still poses a significant threat. Anti-virus firm Sophos places Netsky.P as the second most common irritant last month, second only to the infamous Sasser worm.

Sophos reckons Netsky.P owes some of its continued 'success' to its ability to disguise itself as a Harry Potter computer game when spreading on file-sharing systems. With the first screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban this week, Potter fans - eager to play the latest games - seem to be dropping their guard.