1260 (computer virus)

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1260
Common name 1260
Technical name 1260
Aliases V2PX
Family N/A
Classification Virus
Type DOS
Subtype Resident .COM
Isolation 1990
Point of isolation Unknown
Point of Origin Unknown
Author(s) Mark Washburn

1260, or V2PX,[1][2] was a computer virus written in 1989 by Mark Washburn[3] that used a form of polymorphic encryption. Derived from Ralph Burger's publication of the disassembled Vienna virus source code, the 1260 added a cipher and varied its signature by randomizing its decryption algorithm. Both the 1260 and Vienna infect .COM files in the current or PATH directories upon execution. Changing an authenticated executable file is detected by most modern computer operating systems.[4][5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Threat Assessment of Malicious Code and Human Threats," History of Viruses, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Computer Security Division, internal report.
  2. ^ "IBM's PC "Virus Timeline,"". research.ibm.com. Archived from the original on 27 October 2012. IBM research report.
  3. ^ Facebook, Mark Washburn.
  4. ^ McAfee Labs Threat Center, Details and results of V2PX virus analysis.
  5. ^ "Patricia Hoffman's VSUM Virus Information Summary List," V2P6 virus.
  6. ^ "1260 (computer virus)," article.