Sony PSP Virus Discovered

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Today Symantec Security Response experts identified the first Trojan that targets Sony Playstation Portable systems, Trojan.PSPBrick, as a Category 1 threat (Category 5 being the worst). As of today, there are no confirmed infections, and we’d like to keep it that way!
The virus is designed to look like a downloadable hack that lets users run their own games on the PSP. Once installed, it deletes system files and breaks the PSP. The user must choose to download it – which means you’re safe if you don’t go around taking files from strangers.

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As long as you don’t download a mod and run it on your PSP, you are currently safe. Symantec says they are looking at solutions to protect your PSP in the future.


“The types of people who would be affected wouldn’t be everyone who has gotten the PSP,” he said. “It would be affecting the people who are trying to ‘mod,’ or update, their devices.”

The PSP went on sale in March, with most people snapping it up for its gaming or music- and movie-playing abilities, not to see if they can run Linux. Sony also added Web-surfing capabilities in August.

Still, while the numbers of people likely to be hit are low, the cost is high, Chien said.

“There’s definitely people who have run it and are something on the order of $300 poorer now,” he said. It’s also an indication, Chien said, that virus writers are looking beyond the PC.

“People are writing malicious code for all kinds of devices,” he said.