Dual Threat Appears

In a sinister and disturbing advance on the malware front, , Kaspersky Labs has uncovered a proof-of-concept virus that is able to infect both Linux and Windows systems. It now has the fairly innocuous title “Virus.Linux.Bi.a/ Virus.Win32.Bi.a.”

Computing Magazine reports that while the virus is capable of infecting files on both platforms, it infects files only in the current directory. Most importantly, it does not cause any actual harm to infected systems and does not self-propagate.

The virus leaves a text string in infected files that refers to the Immortal Riot, an online publication where virus authors posted proof-of-concept code between 1993 and 1996.