Israeli computer virus strikes again

From: Yakov Horenstein (
Date: Tue Aug 26 1997 - 13:13:43 EEST

TEL AVIV, Aug. 25 (UPI) - An Israeli computer software company says the
computer virus "One-Half" is striking again, after 2-1/2 years, and might
have affected millions of computers around the world.

Ofer Ahitoov ("oh-FER ah-hee-TUV"), president of Iris Software, told
reporters that in the past three weeks "One-Half" struck five companies in
Israel and abroad. The companies are not connected with each other and he
believes the virus spread through the internet.

He said, "Usually this signals an oncoming plague."

"One-Half" works by encrypting one of the 600 to 700 parts of the hard disk
whenever the computer is booted. It does not announce its presence until it
hits half the disk.

Then the text on the screen will say "Dis is one-half."

Ahitoov said his company has devised an anti-virus solution which could be
downloaded free from the Internet in the coming two weeks. The solution
would be at --

Yakov Horenstein, Marketing
Promau Engineering srl
155, Strada per Novara
28062 Cameri (NO), ITALY
Tel: +39 (0)321 510390 [Direct: +39 (0)2 653512]
Fax: +39 (0)321 616068 [Direct: +39 (0)2 2900 6208]
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