Risk Level 1: Very Low

February 13, 2007 11:34:09 AM

Anthrax is a virus that writes its viral code to the last few sectors of the hard drive.

Any data stored there is overwritten and destroyed. Infected host programs contain the following encrypted text strings:

Anthrax (c) Damage Inc.

Area of infection: .COM files, .EXE files, floppy boot sectors, master boot records
Likelihood: Rare
Region reported: Bulgaria
Characteristics: Multipartite, memory resident
Target platform: DOS

Antivirus Protection Dates

  • Initial Rapid Release version December 20, 2000
  • Latest Rapid Release version March 9, 2009 revision 053
  • Initial Daily Certified version December 20, 2000
  • Latest Daily Certified version September 28, 2010 revision 036
  • Initial Weekly Certified release date pending
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Threat Assessment


  • Wild Level: Low
  • Number of Infections: 0 - 49
  • Number of Sites: 0 - 2
  • Geographical Distribution: Low
  • Threat Containment: Easy
  • Removal: Easy


  • Damage Level: Low


  • Distribution Level: Low
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