Ghostball (computer virus)

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Ghostball was the first multipartite virus discovered.[1] The virus was discovered in October 1989 by Fridrik Skulason. It infected both executable .COM-files and boot sectors.

Effects[edit]

This virus has several effects:

  • It carries out damaging actions on the affected computer.
  • It captures certain information entered or saved by the user, with the corresponding threat to privacy.
  • It causes the loss of information stored on the computer, either specific files or data in general.
  • It affects the productivity of the computer, the network to which it’s connected or other remote sites.
  • It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer.
  • It does not spread automatically using its own means.

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