Dilber: A Shuttle Full of Viruses

02 Jul 2000
Virus News

Only the inadvertence of the virus writer saved the world from a global epidemic

Cambridge, UK, July 3, 2000 - Kaspersky Lab Int., an international anti-virus software development company, announces the discovery of a new Internet-worm "Dilber." It carries an extremely dangerous payload and, to perform its destructive activity, it has 5 different computer viruses encoded in its body. Among them are such deplorably known ones as "Chernobyl,""Freelink," and "SK". Each of them is activated depending on the current date.

Despite such an impressive destructive payload, this worm poses no real threat to computer users. Due to a minor bug, it is unable to proliferate; i.e. to spread itself via e-mail or local area network.

"We are very lucky that there was an error in the worm. It is difficult to imagine the consequences if it had the ability to spread. However, there is a chance that the mistake could be rectified and we might still see a fully functional version of the worm," said Eugene Kaspersky, Head of anti-virus research at Kaspersky Lab. "This worm is very dangerous, because it is compressed by ASPack packing utility. Only a few anti-viruses (including Kaspersky Lab AntiViral Toolkit Pro (AVP)) are able to search for viruses in files of this format".

Protection against the "Dilber" worm has already been added to the upcoming daily update of AntiViral Toolkit Pro (AVP).

You can purchase AntiViral Toolkit Pro online via the Internet.

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