Homer Simpson spreads malware

A screen name once connected to animated TV dad Homer Simpson is being used to spread malware.

In a 2003 episode of The Simpsons, writers revealed that Homer's e-mail address was chunkylover53@aol.com. Prior to the episode's airing, the address was registered by one of the show's writers, who used it to answer hundreds of e-mails from Simpsons fans. Years later, the chunkylover53 screen name has resurfaced, and it's now being used to distribute a trojan disguised as a Simpsons movie file.

According to FaceTime malware research director Chris Boyd, chunkylover53 is sending out auto-reply messages to users which promises a special exclusive episode of the show available for download. The link in the message leads to an executable file. Upon launching the trojan, the user is presented with a fake error message which is followed by several real error messages and, finally, a blank screen. Upon restarting, the system will run noticeable slower and be prone to crashes.

"For now, this is a good reminder to be cautious when randomly adding cool things seen on TV and film to your online applications," said Chris Boyd, the Malware research director.

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Before things like civilization, this sort of stuff was good for evolution.
Now it just p!sses off the stupid people instead of killing them.

(Lt-DavidW said @ #7.1)
Bonzi Buddy is not malware. He makes a lot of accurate suggestions and presents them in an efficient popup format.

You're joking, right? It's adware.

(Lt-DavidW said @ #7.1)
Bonzi Buddy is not malware. He makes a lot of accurate suggestions and presents them in an efficient popup format.

Uh oh, someone forgot their sarcasim tags since people can't tell when sarcasim happens anymore

(Lt-DavidW said @ #7.1)
Bonzi Buddy is not malware. He makes a lot of accurate suggestions and presents them in an efficient popup format.

Yeah and he was quite fun when one let him talk what I wrote. good way to be hearing the seven bad words :P

Gator was a bit of malware. thankfully I found roboform to fill that out. they say weatherbug is malware. never have any problem with that. although I've been using a combo wunderground and KMZ radar on google earth.

But seriously, why would Homer know anything about writing a virus? So who's emailed this numb nut yet to find out if it's a hoax or not?

(neufuse said @ #7.7)

Uh oh, someone forgot their sarcasim tags since people can't tell when sarcasim happens anymore

Someone call Captain Obvious.

"For now, this is a good reminder to be cautious when randomly adding cool things seen on TV and film to your online applications," said Chris Boyd, the Malware research director.

for me it's a good reminder of how stupid people are that click on every link