Finnish antivirus firm F-Secure has spotted a new virus, Bacros, doing the rounds. Unlike the average virus which spreads over email, IM or networks, Bacros is going back to the old school and copying itself to floppy discs and burning itself to CD-ROMs by using an autorun file in order to spread, although it can’t copy itself to other portable storage like USB sticks. It infects local filesystem files by renaming all .txt files as .exe.
Bacros’ harking back to the bad old early days of viruses doesn’t stop there, though. Instead of using the infection to recruit a zombie army and make some money from spammers, Bacros goes for simple destruction.
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