Natas (computer virus)

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Common name Natas
Technical name Natas
Type Computer virus
Isolation May 1992
Point of origin United States
Author(s) James Gentile
Operating system(s) affected DOS

Natas (Satan spelled backwards) is a computer virus written by James Gentile, a then-18-year-old hacker from San Diego, California who went by the alias of "Little Loc" and later "Priest". The virus was made for a Mexican politician who wanted to win the Mexican elections by affecting all the Mexican Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) computers with a floppy disk.[citation needed]


Natas is a memory-resident stealth virus and is highly polymorphic, that affects master boot records, boot sectors of diskettes, files .COM and also .exe programs.[1]


El virus primero aparece em Ciudad de Mexico en Mayo 1992, spread by a consultant using infected floppy disks. The virus became widespread in Mexico and the southwest United States. The virus also made its way to the other side of the USA, infecting computers at the United States Secret Service knocking their network offline for approximately three days. This led to an investigation of Priest and incorrect suspicion that the virus specifically targeted government computers.[citation needed]

Natas also infected computers in Canada, England, Russian Federation and Brazil.

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  1. ^ "Natas". F-Secure. Retrieved 18 February 2013.