AutoCAD virus is a blast from the past

Graham Cluley

Thanks are due to my SophosLabs colleague Paul Baccas who today brought my attention to a fairly unusual sighting in the malware world – an AutoCAD virus.

It turns out that Autodesk, the makers of AutoCAD, blogged last week about the emergence of the new virus which can spread via VLX (Virtual Lisp) files. That news didn’t pop up on my radar for one very good reason – it’s not a place I regularly visit! After all, the last time Sophos wrote about AutoCAD malware was over two years ago.

Here’s what AutoDesk are saying about this latest incident on their blog:

However, we did at the end of last month see another piece of AutoCAD malware…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.