Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by Ancient ‘Stoned’ virus

Virus Detected

Virus Detected

A curious and probably accidental artefact has popped up in the Bitcoin blockchain, with a user reporting that it’s identified as containing a virus by Microsoft’s Security Essentials.

The reason El Reg is inclined to think it’s accidental: in this discussion on a Microsoft discussion board, user edc678 says MSE is identifying the signature of the STONED virus in the blockchain.

Since STONED is a 27-year-old relic from the DOS days – all it did was pop up a boot message telling users “Your PC is now STONED”. It’s believed to hail from New Zealand in 1987.

For more details: theregister.co.uk

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