Chernobyl virus hitches a ride

Tuesday, 7 May 2002, 10:56 AM EST

The Klez worm just keeps on giving.

The persistent pest, which made a strong comeback last month in the form of the Klez.h variant, is now helping revive the Chernobyl virus, according to a new report from antivirus company Symantec.

The report says that a virus known as W95.CIH.1049, a slight variation of the W95.CIH bug dubbed the Chernobyl virus when it began spreading four years ago, has been detected in recent infections of the Klez worm. The main difference with the new virus is that it's set to activate on 2 August of every year, as opposed to the 26 April attack date of the original Chernobyl.

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More information on the Klez family of worms can be found here. The Chernobyl virus (W95.CIH) information page is here.




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