First 64-bit virus unleashed

Tuesday, 24 August 2004, 11:54 AM EST

Virus writers have unleashed the first program that infects 64-bit Windows files, antivirus firm Symantec have said.

The virus, dubbed W64.Shruggle by Symantec, seems mainly to be an experiment to test the concept of a 64-bit infecter and is not actively spread, said Alfred Huger, senior director of security at Symantec.

"The most interesting thing about this is that virus writers are already developing for the 64-bit platform," he said.

By Robert Lemos at Silicon.

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