|Next Generation Viruses|
Viruses today could send it selfs all over internet via your
outlook contact list or MSN or spread using IRC or attack Microsoft
web servers, etc. All of this is really annoying but a real pain is to
loose information, word documents thrashed or operating system files
deleted. I'm going beyond this talking about Hardware Damage.
|Could a Virus cause Hardware Damage?|
Not so easily, this is not a new idea, do you remember CIH aka
Chenobyl virus? This one depending on the virus version, checks for
system date and if it's April 6th it deletes your hard disk info and
writes your motherboard BIOS with chunk data.
|Guessing posible new hardware attacks by Viruses|
Unspected CD-ROM burning.
Imagine your private files stored on a CD and that CD is
inside the CD drive, a virus could began a burning process to damage
your multisesion or write erratic data on the support.
Monitor Resolution changing.
You left the computer some minutes to have a coffee and while
you are away a deathly screensaver becomes active. I will change then
resolution of your monitor and the Hhz frequency as well. Changing from
640x480 to 1280x1024 multiple times in a second. A process like that
running several minutes could really kill your monitor.
CD-ROM ejecting loop.
The same philosophy as the monitor resolution changing but
ejecting and inserting the CD tray, not so deathly but disgusting.
Consuming all your ink.
The virus could send commands to your printer to clean the
print cartridges and waisting off your expensive ink.
|What about Harming the USER?|
You are working as usual with your computer and a little
flickering apears on the screen, but not even a second. Repeat this
operation for some minutes and indeed it will disturb you.
Speaker low frequency sounds.
An annoying beeeeeeeeeeeeep at a very low frequency played
sometimes and during long time periods could streess you a lot.
Mouse not responding.
A virus that disobeis mouse orders and even cleaning the mouse
ball it doesn't work will make you to do not perform your work in
an efficient way
Eject CDROMs at top-speed
I can say I experienced this fenomenon, opening the CD tray
the CD don't spin down and it fly itself rigth to my neck spinning like
hell. I didn't get hurt but it could really scary you, believe me! I
thougth this can not be acomplished by a virus because is a hardware
mechanism, but maybe I'm wrong.