Is there no sure inoculation for all these computer viruses? Seems not. But the Web can tell you a lot about them, why they exist, and what to do (and not do) about them.
On any given day, this site can set you quivering with fear over the latest viruses, worms, Trojan horses and other malicious computer attacks. CERT means "computer emergency response team," we think. We couldn't find it spelled out on the site.
Don't know the Morris worm from the ILOVEYOU virus? Looking for anti-virus software vendors? CERT offers some comprehensive background material via the links on this page.
Virus hoaxes can be as pesky as the real thing. Here is a site that watches for fake virus warnings - and the rampant e-mail campaigns that keep them in circulation.
Read the original account of the discovery of the recent "Code Red" worm, named for the caffeine-spiked soft drink these geeks happened to be chugging when they found the malicious code. Note the acknowledgements to: "The guy at Del Taco that sold us food at 3am to allow us to perform this research. (And) the guy who left the warm `Code Red' Mountain Dew in the eEye lab."
GENERIC VIRUS WRITER
Just who are these people who create computer viruses? IBM set out to profile the average virus writer a few years back. Generic Virus Writer is the inconclusive result, and seems to indicate that a virus writer could be sitting in the next cubicle. Be very afraid.
www.research.ibm.com/ antivirus/SciPapers/Gordon/ GenericVirusWriter.html
We're gonna e-mail everyone about this right away ...
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