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REFLECTOR: Chernobal Virus
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- Subject: REFLECTOR: Chernobal Virus
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- Date: Fri, 23 Apr 1999 21:28:41 EDT
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Last E-mail may have been confusing, Sorry.
But the Chernobal Virus IS bad. For those of you without a Wall Street
Journal, I enclose the below text. Get you virus protection updated this
By DEAN TAKAHASHI Staff Reporter of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL.
Just when the business world thought it was safe from the Melissa virus,
now it has to worry about another, more destructive virus that could strike
Antivirus researchers are warning their customers that the so-called CIH
virus has the capability to wipe out a user's data or disable a computer
outright. The virus has spread via attachments to electronic mail and, upon
hitting its trigger date of April 26, is designed to drop a ''payload," or a
kind of electronic time bomb, that could wipe out a part of a user's system
that begins the computer's start-up sequence. Variants of the virus may also
strike on June 26.
"It will leave your PC dead,'' said Vincent Gullotto, manager of an
emergency antivirus team for Network Associates Inc.'s laboratories in
Beaverton, Ore. "It's a fast infected and it spreads itself until its payload
The virus infects Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows NT computers and
disables a vital part of the computer known as the flash BIOS, which feeds
the start-up instructions to the machine upon being turned on. If the
computer has chips that are vulnerable to the virus, the computer won't
start, or "boot." In addition, the virus can corrupt data stored on the
personal computer's hard-disk drive, destroying a user's permanently stored
The virus isn't easy to spot, because it copies its instructions into
unused parts of programs that are already loaded on the user's computer. The
best protection against the virus, experts say, is to run an updated
anti-virus program. They also advise against opening any unexpected email
But many computers are already protected against the virus because it has
been spreading since June, giving antivirus companies time to build CIH
defenses into their software. The virus spreads if someone uses an infected
floppy disk or opens an infected e-mail attachment.
Earlier this month, International Business Machines Corp. had to warn
several thousand customers who bought some of its Aptiva personal computer
models that their machines were infected. Network Associates notes that it
has been getting reports of the virus from customers on a daily basis. The
researchers are most concerned about small-business and ordinary users who
don't regularly take precautions.
The virus is believed to have originated in Taiwan, and Sal Viveros, a
marketing manager at Network Associates, said he is concerned that Asian
companies will be particularly vulnerable.