Windows XP worm speaks to users as it deletes their files; Macintosh unaffected

“A worm that contains an embedded audio message has been bending the ears of Windows users,” Dan Ilett reports for CNET News.

The Amus worm, which may be Turkish, uses the Windows Speech Engine, embedded on Windows XP, to play the following message:

“How are you. I am back. My name is Mr. Hamsi. I am seeing you. Haaaaaaaa. You must come to Turkey. I am cleaning your computer. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. 0. Gule gule.”

“Gule gule” means “bye-bye” in Turkish.

“The worm, which runs after the Windows XP boot-up music has played, also deletes certain files, causing Windows to fail,” Dan Ilett reports for CNET News.

Full article here.

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