It took them sometime, but virus writers have released the first 64-bit Windows virus. This one of a kind virus targets Microsofts yet to be released Windows 64-bit operating system. This virus, dubbed W64.Shruggle was spotted by Symantec earlier today, but interestingly enough this virus isnt spreading like other 32-bit viruses.
The reason why is because of targeted Windows exploit. Apparently the targeted Windows software has yet to be released by Microsoft, which basically makes this "virus" harmless. Its also worth noting that this is a 64-bit virus, meaning it will not run on a 32-bit versions of Windows. With that said its fairer to label this virus as a "proof of concept", because after all it doesnt inflict any damage on users PCs.
This "proof of concept" virus not only hurts Microsoft but Intel & AMD. Showing that AMDs added security features arent working out to well in Microsofts beta OS. On the bright side this virus will surely keep Microsoft on its toes, as it continues to develop its 64-bit version of Windows.
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