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can a virus be transfered to a cd or dvd?

by LesFord14273 / April 9, 2011 12:37 PM PDT

My friend believes that cd's/dvd's are impervious to viruses, trojans, malware and/or stuff of that nature...

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by Jimmy Greystone / April 9, 2011 12:58 PM PDT

Depends on if the CD/DVD is writable/burnable. If it's a burnable disc, and you have some kind of self-replicating malware of any sort, it's entirely possible for it to transfer itself onto the disc along with other files.

If we're talking a commercially pressed music CD or movie DVD, then your friend is correct. The discs are read-only, so it would be impossible for any malware to get on them after they were pressed at the factory.

Long story short, so long as ANY medium is writable, you can have malware hitch a ride. Floppy disk, portable HDD, CD, DVD, flash drive, backup tapes, and anything else I may be forgetting off the top of my head. If you can write to it, then malware can infest it, simple as that.

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Another way it can happen
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 9, 2011 9:50 PM PDT

If you have a software application installer file that is already infected, and you burn that file to a CD/DVD, then the infection will be included in the data.


(Note: My first message deleted and replaced with this one, as the first one made no sense!)

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by rhabdomantist / April 10, 2011 3:19 AM PDT

Interestingly the first PC virus was written to a floppy disc and was never meant tobe such as evidenced by the fact that the authors included their names, address and phone number. FSecure recently released a video celebrating the 25th anniversary.

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no, not all
by ron80hall / April 10, 2011 10:30 PM PDT

I don't think CDS/DVS can be affected by virus.

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(NT) Not at all?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / April 11, 2011 4:07 AM PDT
In reply to: no, not all
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