In the modern age of Web threats, an old-fashioned virus is definitely something of a throwback. We have received reports of one such malware affecting the computer-aided design (CAD) program, AutoCAD.
The said malware — detected as ACM_UNEXPLODE.C — spreads by infecting AutoCAD files opened in an affected system. If this sounds familiar, it is—except that it used to be done with more common applications like Microsoft Word. An infected AutoCAD file could become corrupted, which could pose a serious problem given the time and expense expended by users using CAD programs.
In addition, it also adds various entries to the Windows registry. These add a user named SERVICER to the system with administrative rights. All drives with letters from C to I are also shared.
The said malware is already detected by the Smart Protection Network. In addition, AutoDesk has released a workaround at their official blog.