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Cross-Platform virus in the wild

A 'proof of concept' (e.g. harmless) cross-platform virus has been

reported by security firm Kaspersky Lab. The virus, named

Virus.Linux.Bi.a/ Virus.Win32.Bi.a, does not seem to have any malicious

function; it does however cause concern as it could mark the beginning

of a new age where Linux users are no longer safe from the infections

spread via Windows.

Files infected with the virus will contain the following text:

[CAPZLOQ TEKNIQ 1.0] (c) 2006 JPanic:

This is Sepultura signing off...
This is The Soul Manager saying goodbye...
Greetz to: Immortal Riot, #RuxCon!

If you don't already have your systems protected by anti-virus software,

it's probably about time to start, the following solutions could be

considered:

BitDefender for Samba is an interesting product if you are running a

samba fileserver

BitDefender for Linux is an on-demand solution for Linux, this is freeware

Clam AntiVirus is a well respected scanning engine, it can be used to

perform on-demand scans, on-the-fly mail scanning and even on-access

scanning (although the last time I checked this was unstable)

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