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New Java Virus Alive Like a Hive

Ikarus, an Austrian antivirus company, Thursday issued a warning about the latest Java virus to be discovered.

The new virus is called BeanHive, and is significantly more stealthy than the previous version of the Java virus known as "Strange Brew."

According to Java virus expert George Wu of Ikarus Software, the latest virus is targeting end users, while the first virus was "mainly a topic for developers." The BeanHive virus utilizes the user's Web browser to gain access to the user's data.

Wu said the virus prompts the user through the browser to accept a certificate called "Landing Camel." The infection is not invisible since the virus accesses the PC through this certificate, but many Internet users may be unaware of the implications of accepting such a certificate.

When the user's computer is reached, the virus (or bees, as they're known) tries to contact its "queen," which is in fact the file named "BeanHive.class." When the contact is established, the virus has full access to the user's PC.

As of late Thursday, the author of the BeanHive virus has only placed the virus on the Internet as a non-invasive demonstration, but according to Wu "there are no limitations on the functions of BeanHive and (they) could be activated any time."

The virus story was first reported by Dr. Karlhorst Klotz, senior editor of CHIP computer magazine in Munich, Germany.