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Windows Vista Virus

Date: August 05, 2005
Source: PC WORLD
By: Robert McMillan

An Austrian hacker has earned the dubious distinction of writing what are thought to be the first known viruses for Microsoft's Windows Vista operating system. Written in July, the viruses take advantage of a new command shell, code-named Monad, that is included in the Windows Vista beta code.

The viruses were published last month in a virus-writing tutorial written for an underground hacker group calling itself the Ready Ranger Liberation Front, and take advantage of security vulnerabilities in the new command shell. Unlike the traditional Windows graphical user interface, which relies heavily on the mouse for navigation, command shells allow users to employ powerful text-based commands, much as Windows' predecessor, DOS, did.

Who Done It

The viruses were written by a hacker calling himself "Second Part To Hell," and published on July 21, just days after Monad was publicly released by Microsoft, according to Mikko Hyppönen, chief research officer with Helsinki's F-Secure. Second Part To Hell is the pseudonym of an Austrian-based hacker who also goes by the name Mario, Hyppönen says.

Because of its sophistication, the new command shell offers new opportunities for hackers, Second Part To Hell wrote in the tutorial, a copy of which was obtained by the IDG News Service. "Monad will be like Linux's BASH (Bourne Again Shell)--that means a great number of commands and functions," he wrote. "We will be able to make as huge and complex scripts as we do in Linux."

F-Secure has named the virus family Danom (Monad in reverse). Having examined the code, Hyppönen says that the Danom family is disruptive, but not capable of causing significant damage to Windows users. "These are proof-of-concept viruses," he says, "where virus writers want to break new ground and write the first viruses for a new platform."

Most security experts had not expected to see a Windows Vista virus so soon, Hyppönen says. "The only surprise here is that it came so early," he says. "It's been eight days since the beta of the operating system was out." Monad was released several days prior to the Windows Vista beta.

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2009-04-02 00:42:49 - ya. i also like to know how to write virus... raja
2008-10-04 11:23:17 - Please tell me how to write a viruse and... Rohit
2008-07-06 18:19:35 - vista virüs bozuk anladım ali kenan
2008-03-12 15:09:37 - Actually, Chris, there are no known OSX... Jim
2008-03-12 00:54:00 - Yes OS X can get viruses, Peter, but the... Chris
2007-12-30 10:09:37 - lol vista is a lot easier to program with... peter
2007-08-17 07:25:23 - That's right. If everyone used MacOS X, we... baoap
2007-08-03 12:56:15 - Wrong Wayne. A Mac is secure because of... Savage
2007-03-01 08:59:08 - Whether you are using a MAC or not has... wayne
2007-02-07 09:01:36 - This is why we only implement MAC systems... Richard
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