the SMASH Virus?
|This virus launches on the 14th
day of the month. As of July 13th, 2000 it has not been found in the
wild so the threat is very low. However, the presentation of the virus
and the level of destruction warrants discussing the virus.
When the current system day is 14 and the month is greater than or
equal to 6 (June), the virus activates. The next time the computer
starts, the system displays a Windows Blue Screen, commonly referred to
as the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).
screen contains the following message and hangs the system:
Virus name is 'SMASH', project D version 0x0A.
Created and compiled by Domitor.
Seems like your bad dream comes true..."
virus uses low-level system calls that are made directly to BIOS memory
to activate it.
damage does the Virus cause?
the blue screen is displayed, the computer freezes. The SMASH virus
preys upon human reactions to activate the virus. The malicious code
will only activate once the computer is rebooted after freezing. Since
most computer users would press any key or try to reboot the computer
after receiving the blue screen, they unwittingly cause the virus to
the virus overwrites part of the IO.SYS file, the system hangs upon a
reboot and displays the message "Formatting hard disk". It then formats
the hard drive destroying all data.
to Avoid the SMASH Virus
virus is nearly impossible to stop once it has been activated, the only
precautions one can take are to update
their virus signatures and scan their system regularly.
Although it hasn't been seen in the wild and is a low risk virus, the
possiblity of a virus attacking a computer in this way has now been
proven. So, most likely there will be more viruses of this type in the
Information on the SMASH Virus
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