A pro-marijuana virus has got the dope user community smoking with anger after it sparked off attacks against marijuana.com.
The supposedly cannabis friendly virus has been doing the rounds for the last few weeks bundled up in a downloadable game variously known as 'Weed Farmer' and 'Dope Crop'.
Users who downloaded the game and ran the file suddenly found the familiar five fingered marijuana leaf growing in their system tray. Clicking on the ganja leaf brings up a stoned rant about the legalisation of cannabis.
"I do hope somebody, somewhere listens to what I have to say and does not just regard this as just another virus because it's more then [sic] that, it's a message, a message for freedom," it reads.
The Internet Explorer home page is set to marijuana.com and Explorer's title bar is changed to 'Marijuana Explorer (Legalise It!)'. Twice a day another message box pops up with the reminder: "Time to toke up :)".
Despite masquerading as a game, the virus also appears to be rolling into inboxes as an email attachment which proceeds to mail itself to every contact in the Outlook address book. But, regardless of its apparently pro-blow message, the Smoker worm, as it has been dubbed by antivirus companies, has lit flames of anger in the ganja camp.
The staff at marijuana.com, which denies any affiliation with the virus, said that it had to increase security on its website because of attacks from angry web users hit by the virus, some even resorting to denial of service attacks. "We've actually had to put up a firewall because of increased attacks we've seen on our server," said marijuana.com.
Some have even bombarded the site's message boards with abuse over the virus. "If you want people's support then you are going about it the wrong way," reads one of the more restrained comments.
But Rick Garcia, webmaster for the site, is quick to point out that "marijuana.com is in no way involved in this prank and is purely an innocent bystander which apparently fits the bill for this virus. Marijuana.com has no involvement with this virus."
The majority of antivirus vendors have already released a patch for the worm.
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