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Time machine

Peter Ferrie
Virus Bulletin, January 2005, pp.4-6
ISSN 0956-9979
January 2005

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Abstract

It is commonly reported that the first known full stealth file-infecting virus was Frodo, in 1989. In fact, that is true only for the IBM PC world. The Commodore 64 world had been infected three years earlier by what was perhaps truly the first full stealth file-infecting virus: C64/BHP.A (not to be confused with the boot-sector virus for the Atari, also known as BHP).

All of the descriptions of BHP that were published at the time were inaccurate, some of them even giving incorrect descriptions of how the infection worked. This article takes a look at what it really did.

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