The Bulgarian And Soviet Virus Factories

Vesselin Bontchev, Director
Laboratory of Computer Virology
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia, Bulgaria

0) Abstract ===========

It is now well known that Bulgaria is leader in computer virus production
and the USSR is following closely. This paper tries to answer the main
questions: Who makes viruses there, What viruses are made, and Why this is
done. It also underlines the impact of this process on the West, as well as
on the national software industry.

1) How the story began ======================

Just three years ago there were no computer viruses in Bulgaria. After all,
these were things that can happen only in ...

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few months later, in the fall of the same year, two men came in the
editor's office of the magazine and claimed that they have found a computer
virus. Careful examination showed that it was the VIENNA virus.

At that time the computer virus was a completely new idea for us. To make a
computer program, whose performance resembles a live being, is able to
replicate and to move from computer to computer even against the will of
the user, seemed extremely exciting.

The fact that "it can be done" and that even "it had been done" spread in
our country like wildfire. Soon hackers obtained a copy of the virus and
began to hack it. It was noticed that the program contains no "black magic"
and that it was even quite sloppily written. Soon new, home--made and
improved versions appeared. Some of them were produced just by assembling
the disassembly of the virus using a better optimizing assembler. Some were
optimized by hand. As a result, now there are several versions of this
virus, that ...

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challenge was taken immediately and soon after that I received a simple
virus that was able to infect only EXE files. It is now known to the world
under the name of OLD YANKEE. The reason for this is that when the virus
infects a new file, it plays the "Yankee Doodle" melody.

The virus itself was quite trivial. Its only feature was its ability to
infect EXE files. The author of this virus even distributed its source code
(or, more exactly, the source code of the program that releases it).
Nevertheless, the virus did not spread very widely and even had not been
modified a lot. Only a few sites reported to be infected by it. ...

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Added: 2/1/2004 07:32:01 PM
Category: Computers
Type: Free Paper
Words: 9220
Pages: 34

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