Does the chernobyl virus also destroy programs?

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I am doing a report about the  chernobyl virus and hope to get additional information from people who are familiar with it. As I've read, the worms are supposed to destroy only the software but the chernobyl virus has actually the power to damage the hardware. Hope that someone can technically explain how the virus could do it.

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Does the chernobyl virus also destroy programs?


The Chernobyl virus was originally called the CIH virus, named after its creator Chen Ing Har, who is Taiwanese.  He was a college student at that time. It was later called the Chernobyl virus because it was activated on April 16, 1999, which was the 13th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster.

This virus was designed to infect Windows®-based operating systems, unlike worms that destroy programs and executable files on the computer. The purpose of the virus was mainly to infect computers that use Windows® 95, 98, and ME operating systems.

The Chernobyl virus covertly overwrites PE format files. When installed, the virus splits itself and goes into the spaces between the files. It does not increase the file size, which makes it difficult for antivirus programs to detect. Due to this, the virus gained its nickname, "Spacefiller."

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