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Handheld console viruses.


Just received a press release from Panda Software saying that two Trojans designed specifically for the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP have been found. The Format.A and Tahen (variants A and B) Trojans can apparently overwrite critical files and delete firmware. Interestingly enough, people are only at risk if they load up unauthorised programs, stick to the manufacturer’s stuff and you’ll be all right (allegedly). Golly! You may need a virus scanner, eh? [Thanks Willem.]

Even though users are unlikely to suffer an attack from Format or Tahen., PandaLabs offers a series of practical tips for users of these consoles: –

  • Don’t insert UMD disks or memory sticks for PSP or DS cartridges that have not been recorded by an authorized developer.
  • Don’t establish external communication (USB, IrDA or WiFi) with non-trusted consoles or computers that could transfer unwanted information. 
  • Don’t try to run applications from unauthorized developers on the video console.
  • If nevertheless, you want to install a software packet on the console, it should be previously scanned on a computer with a reliable and up-to-date antivirus.

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