May 05, 2006
In this day and age of spyware, rootkits, spy-phishing, and other 'modern' security threats, file infectors are frequently thought of as a 'dead' threat . But over the past two months, security experts have detected several new file infector viruses - including two this week that were deployed with a relatively high degree of success PE_POLIP.A and PE_DETNAT.A via peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.
Historically speaking, file infectors were among the very first types of virus, dating back to 1990. By the mid-1990s, this type of threat had all but disappeared. But according to Ivan Macalintal, Senior Threat Analyst at Trend Micro, file infectors never completely departed. "We are not really seeing a return of file infectors here - we have actually always seen a small handful of them, on a relatively seasonal basis", said Macalintal. "In fact, we expect to see a new batch of them - using new, more complicated techniques - by the end of the summer, when a well-known virus-writing group releases the latest version of its ezine."
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