Despite my sentiment about bitcoin this does seem staged. Why use such a very old virus and only the traces of it. I agree with the writer that this will only discourage folks to not use it. This virus is very old, I remember it well. It was the first virus I encountered. When I was a kid we took a bunch of floppy disks to the a friends dads server room to “backup” it was the server room of a large shipping company. After the message ‘your computer is now stoned’ appeared the rest of the afternoon went downhill rather quickly.
“Given that, it seems unlikely that STONED has been inserted into the blockchain, and far more plausible that a string of bits in the blockchain has managed to reproduce enough of the virus’ hexcode to trigger the signature warning.”
Source: The Register