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    90s retro virus spreads over physical media
    By John Leyden (john.leyden at
    Published Thursday 14th October 2004 23:20 GMT
    A "retro" virus which spreads by floppy disks and CD-ROMs is
    spreading (modestly) across Scandinavia.

    Bacros ( ) replicates by
    using floppy disks and CD-ROMs - a throwback to the virus propagation
    techniques of the 1990s. This illustrates its marked difference from
    the latest generation of email, file sharing or network exploit-based
    worms. However some things don't change: Bacros infects Windows PCs

    Bacros, first spotted a month ago, copies itself to all floppy disks
    it sees. It also attempts to burn itself to CD-R disks (complete with
    an AUTORUN file, which will run the virus when the CD-R is inserted
    to another machine). Unlike current worms - which often try to
    surreptitiously take over user's machines, Bacros caries a
    destructive payload.

    The virus overwrites any GIF image files it finds on infected PC with
    an image that says "KUOLE JEHOVA" ("Die Jehovah" in Finnish). On
    Christmas Day, Bacros attempts to delete all the files on an infected
    PC's hard disk.

    In addition to spreading on physical media, the virus also works as a
    companion virus, attacking TXT files. For example, when the virus
    finds a file called README.TXT, it will make that file hidden and
    drop a new file called README.EXE in the same directory. Bacros is
    not widespread, but it is "spreading in a low-key way", according to
    F-Secure spokesman, the Finnish anti-virus firm. ®

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