Bitcoin blockchain allegedly infected by ancient ‘Stoned’ virus
A curious and probably accidental artefact has popped up in the Bitcoin blockchain, with a user reporting that it’s identified as containing a virus by Microsoft’s Security Essentials.
The reason El Reg is inclined to think it’s accidental: in this discussion on a Microsoft discussion board, user edc678 says MSE is identifying the signature of the STONED virus in the blockchain.
Since STONED is a 27-year-old relic from the DOS days – all it did was pop up a boot message telling users “Your PC is now STONED”. It’s believed to hail from New Zealand in 1987.