3D Worms Infect The Net!

By on July 3rd, 2012 in Event, Software

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Do you use AutoCAD? If so you might be a victim of one of the most unusual cases of 3D theft we’ve seen yet. 
It seems that certain AutoCAD templates have been infected with malware that does something blatantly nefarious: it sends your AutoCAD drawings to email addresses in China! What a highly efficient way to steal intellectual property! 
The worm, called ACAD/Medre.A, infects your AutoCAD environment. It has only two functions: propagating itself and stealing your AutoCAD files. 
One can imagine how damaging something like this could be to designers making a living on a 3D print service such as Shapeways, Ponoko or i.Materialise. Their designs could be captured and replicated at lower costs on pop-up sites elsewhere. 
This probably isn’t the last time we’ll see something like this. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!