Cnet reports that the first known 64-bit virus threat has been found.

Oh goody. The virus writers are also early adopters and are already making sure there are plenty of viruses to great those of us who move up to the 64 bit version of Windows once it’s released.

First known 64-bit virus threat found | CNET News.com

Representatives at the Cupertino, Calif.-based company were quick to point out that the threat was merely a so-called proof-of-concept virus—a worm developed by someone to show that vulnerabilities are present in a particular type of system—and not a virus already spreading in the wild. However, Oliver Friedrichs, senior manager of Symantec’s Security Response Team, said W64.Rugrat.3344 can attack 64-bit Microsoft Windows files successfully. He said the virus does not infect 32-bit files and will not run on 32-bit Windows systems.

Since 64-bit systems have yet to proliferate widely, Symantec maintains that the virus does not yet represent a serious threat.

“We always see early adopters trying to find a way to attack new technology right away, as we did with 32-bit, so it’s not surprising to see this,” Friedrichs said. “But we do expect to see more of these, as 64-bit technology becomes more prominent.”

Yeah, I know. This wouldn’t be a problem if I had a Mac/Linux box. Though it’s not really a problem for me at the moment anyway, not having a 64bit PC at the moment. Oh well.

1 thought on “Cnet reports that the first known 64-bit virus threat has been found.

  1. I think I’ll try to steer clear of this one.

    I still remember the 16-bit virus I got from my 2-bit girlfriend years ago!

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