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
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,