ZDNet: 'Christmas' virus can destroy PCsAug 21, 1999, 01:42 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Sullivan)
"New virus set to hit Dec. 25, delivering a payload that can kill a Windows PC's BIOS."
"Victims of the virus -- who can be anyone using Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows NT -- can expect a load of trouble. The virus kills the CMOS memory, overwrites data in all files on all available drives, and then destroys the flash BIOS by using the same routine that was found in the 'Win95_CIH' virus, also known as Chernobyl."
"...it's too early to tell if the virus will be widespread..."