'Porn' Worm Sent to 50,000 after Google Blunder

Google on Tuesday inadvertently sent the Kama Sutra email worm to the 50,000 subscribers of a Google Video email group. Three postings were made on Tuesday evening to an email list that sends out postings to the Google Video blog. In a note on its website apologising for the incident, Google said: "Some of these posts may have contained a virus called W32/Kapser.A@mm - a mass-mailing worm."

W32/Kapser.A is better known as the Kama Sutra worm. Some antivirus companies raised an alarm about the threat in February but it ultimately shrivelled. Kama Sutra was designed to overwrite files on infected computers on a specific date. However, the worm, which spread under the guise of pornographic content, caused virtually no damage.
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Google advises people who may have received the worm in email or downloaded it from the group's website to run an antivirus program to remove it. The company is taking steps to make sure it doesn't make the same mistake again, it said. The Google Video email group is open to anyone. It had 50,025 subscribers as of Wednesday afternoon. The contents are advertised as interesting and fun videos from Google Video.

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Quote - Audhumla said @ #6.1
Hm... Google Earth, Google Video, Google Porn? It's a logical step for expansion.

DOnt they already have an adult section on google video or something

Come on we must not forget booble.com. I remember the beginning when they ripped off google's layout and the o's in booble were boobs and you could drag and drop and dress them with diffrent tops. ROFL those were the days ;p

Oh, there are plenty of haters of all varieties here on Neowin. I am sure you will see some posting here sooner or later.

My take is that is was a stupid mistake (Google, up to now, is keeping silent on how this happened). Perhaps they disabled the scanner on one of their servers by accident. They need to take steps to ensure that mail isn't processed without scanning it, first.

Quote - markjensen said @ #4.2
Oh, there are plenty of haters of all varieties here on Neowin. I am sure you will see some posting here sooner or later.

My take is that is was a stupid mistake (Google, up to now, is keeping silent on how this happened). Perhaps they disabled the scanner on one of their servers by accident. They need to take steps to ensure that mail isn't processed without scanning it, first.

Yep, here's one of them. Google is not the greatest thing on earth to happen, as so many people think. Kind of like Firefox, only as popular as it is because of all the fanboyism! Even if Google did create 1400 jobs here in my state, I think they're basically a POS!!