Chernobyl strikes back

The virus, last seen in 1999 is set to return this week, according to anti-virus software vendors. The Chernobyl virus, which caused over $1 billion of damage last time, infects Windows 95 and 98 executable files.

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By  Zoe Moleshead Published  April 29, 2001

The Chernobyl virus is on its way back, according to anti-virus software vendors, which say the virus will hit on Thursday. The virus infects Windows 95 and 98 executable files.

The virus is stored in the memory and attacks files when they are opened or copied, and has the capacity to erase complete hard drives.
According to silicon.com the virus caused in excess of $1 billion of financial damage in lost data when it struck in 1999.

But security specialists are predicting this year’s attack will not have the same far-reaching impact because of the increased uptake of anti-virus protection.

“It’s not going to hit very hard this year because most of the initial virus spread was eliminated after the first hit two years ago,” said Jeremy Brooks, CBL Data Recovery Technologies Virus Alert Centre manager.

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