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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Internet has got endless “archive of death”, bringing computers out of action


Threat for computers a file called “42.zip” rapidly spreading on the Internet. Specifies that such files are called ZIP bombs or “archives of death”, and they are able to damage the PC if they manage to “escape” from antivirus programs.


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As reported lenta.ru with reference to Telegram-channel “Dark Harbor”, the malicious file weighs only 42 kilobytes, but when you attempt to unzip, this volume increases to 4.5 petabytes — an order of magnitude more than they can accommodate hard drives common on today’s computers. To date anti-virus software successfully detect ZIP bombs, however, as stated, sometimes the archives still be masked in such a way that antivirus programs react to stop.

Google’s search engine daily processes about 24 petabytes, that is only five times more information than “released”, if 42.zip gets on the computer. Inside the archive contains 5 layers of other files 16 files per level.

This year the theme of the online distribution of malware several times been the center of attention of the media — in mid-may from the virus WannaCry affected more than 500 thousand computers owned by private individuals, commercial organisations and government agencies in more than 150 countries around the world, and in summer it is “change” came, in many respects, a similar virus Petya. Subsequently, there was information about a possible attack other viruses-coders. At the end of August this year, experts warned users of social network Facebook on distributing the new malware via the app messaging Facebook Messenger.

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