“SECURITY OUTFIT Symantec has discovered a proof of concept virus that targets AMD processors rather than operating systems.
There are two versions of the worm, one aims at 32-bit and the other at 64-bit AMD processors. Symantec has called them “virus w32.bounds” and “w64.bounds”.
Although the worm is just proof of concept code, there are some fears that it could be used as a starting point for creating malware. If some hacker does manage to turn the code into something more destructive, it could mean that they could make a worm that can move across different operating systems. ”
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Source: The Inquirer
There hasn’t been a virus that attacks anything but the OS since the Chernobyl worm, almost a decade ago. According to this story at the Inquirer, there’s a proof of concept virus that could directly target AMD processors. It seems Symantec is busy this past month, first targeting Microsoft and Vista’s insecurities, and now AMD.