Hackers continue to experiment with 64-bit viruses

Monday, 30 August 2004, 1:02 PM EST

Another virus aimed at the cluster of current 64-bit computer users has been detected by antivirus specialists.

Written in AMD 64-bit assembly code, the Shruggle virus tries to infect Windows Portable Executable (PE) files on AMD systems. Once on a system it searches for PE files and attaches itself to them.

Shruggle is similar in design to Rugrat, the first 64-bit virus. It is not known at this point if the author of both pieces of malicious code is the same person.

By Iain Thomson at vnunet.

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