Anti-virus software and computer security company Central Command said today that is has identified a virus, known as W32.Winux, that infects both Windows and Linux operating systems. Steven Sundermeier, the company's product manager, said, "...this new proof of concept virus represents . . .
Anti-virus software and computer security company Central Command said today that is has identified a virus, known as W32.Winux, that infects both Windows and Linux operating systems. Steven Sundermeier, the company's product manager, said, "...this new proof of concept virus represents a technology innovation that may lead to more destructive viruses in the future."

The company said W32.Winux is a non-memory resident virus. It can replicate under Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000 (Win32) and Linux systems, and infects PE files (Windows executable) and ELF files (Linux executable). The infection method is basic. It searches for all files located in the current folder and its parent folders, and opens every file.