Network managers are being warned to be on their guard against a new variant of the hardware-attacking CIH virus.
Set to strike on 26 April, the thirteenth anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster, the latest variant of CIH has the potential to annihilate a PC's BIOS or erase hard drives.
CIH, which is alarmingly commonplace, is a file virus that infects Windows 95/98 EXE files. It first tries to overwrite a hardware disk with random data before trying to overwrite a PC's flash Bios.
The ICSA, an independent organisation that certifies antivirus software and rarely issues virus bulletins, has urged users to make sure their antivirus software is up to date and to back-up data.
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