February 8, 2002

McAfee finds first known Linux virus

Author: JT Smith

Editor's note: This is an old story that was pulled shortly after it was posted on NewsForge. Apparently, it had been linked to by outside sources, however.

ZDNet UK: " Bliss manifests itself by overwriting Linux executables with its own code every time it is executed. Files cannot be recovered and files created in other operating systems and stored on Linux servers can also be corrupted. McAfee claims several Bliss infections have been reported and believes the virus originated from a research project. The company has released a version of its VirusScan product for Linux for free download from its Web site."

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