CIH, also known as Chernobyl or Spacefiller, is a Microsoft Windows 9x computer virus which first emerged in 1998. Its payload is highly destructive to vulnerable systems, overwriting critical information on infected system drives, and in some cases destroying the system BIOS.
6. Anna Kournikova. What’s a tennis player got to do with a list of interesting viruses? Quite a lot, as it so happens. We’re going to get this out of the way first: the Anna Kournikova virus is pretty tame compared to many on the list. So in the early to mid-noughties, Anna Kournikova was one of the most searched terms on the internet.
At the time, Netsky and all its variants were believed to have accounted for as many as 25 percent of all computer viruses on the Internet. Sasser replicated by finding other systems with vulnerabilities and forcing them to download the virus.
This might sound confusing, but there's already a 2001 virus called the W32.Storm.Worm. The 2001 virus and the 2006 worm are completely different programs. The Storm Worm is a Trojan horse program. Its payload is another program, though not always the same one. Some versions of the Storm Worm turn computers into zombies or bots.