First Virus Emerges Aimed at AMD 64-Bit Processors

Symantec discovers proof-of-concept virus.

Symantec Corp. this week said it discovered a virus that targets AMDs 64-bit processors. Dubbed Shruggle, the virus is written in AMD64 assembly code and it can infect only one system at a time by appending itself to 64-bit executable files.

Oliver Friedrichs, senior manager of Symantecs virus response team, said this is a "proof-of-concept" virus. "This is a growing trend of malicious code authors," said Friedrichs. "Theyre branching out to other platforms, like the embedded device market, and theyre getting an early start on coming up with attack vectors on new technologies."

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