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Saturday, February 7, 2004

The Virus Underground

NY Times Magazine report by Clive Thompson:

PhiletOast3r, Second Part to Hell, Vorgon and guys like them around the world spend their Saturday nights writing fiendishly contagious computer viruses and worms. Are the artists, pranksters, or techno-saboteurs?
The modern virus epidemic is born of a symbiotic relationship between the people smart enough to write a virus and the people enough - or malicious enough - to spread it.
Computer code blurs the line between speech and act. Posting a virus on a Web site, one expert says, is 'like taking a gun and sticking bullets in it and sitting it on the counter and saying, "Hey, free gun!"

Related story-Network World reports on how to fight back against insidious attacks from cookies gone bad: SPYWARE. What is spyware? And what harm can it do...
[NYTimes Magazine(for 7 days)]

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