Teach your kids that "Pokeman" (e-mail) is BAAAAAD!

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Kids are target of 'Pokey' worm virus (8/24/2000)

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This question was answered on September 5, 2000. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

From Rueters news:

The Japanese Pokemon cartoon character has mutated on the Web into a nasty little computer-bugger, spreading himself via e-mails like the 'Love' bug did.

"We haven't seen viruses or worms targeted at children before," said Eric Chien, chief researcher at anti-virus company Symantec's European laboratory in the Netherlands "This is the first one."

"Since it comes as a little Pokemon animation, 10-year-olds are likely to be more interested in double-clicking on it.'

This worm appears as an e-mail with the title "Pikachu Pokemon" and the English message "Pikachu is your friend."

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Anyone receiving any e-mail with a Pokeman attachment should delete the message Do not open the attachment and teach your kids to do the same Most up to date anti-virus programs should detect and delete this worm if it appears on a protected system.

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Posted by Ken of Data Doctors on September 5, 2000