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Author Fowler, Dennis
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Abstract Though more than 600 million people worldwide use the Internet, it takes only one virus writer to make just about all of us miserable. Like a single stray neutron in a critical mass of plutonium, a lone virus can trigger a chain reaction that spews thousands of copies from desktop to desktop. Last summer's aptly named SoBig virus was an all-too-real example of this danger. "At [SoBig.F's] peak, one out of 17 e-mails that we were processing was a copy of the…virus," says Josh White of U.S.-based e-mail security group MessageLabs. "Certainly we haven't seen numbers like this before." At that time AOL scanned 40.5 million e-mails and found SoBig.F in half of them. In fact, SoBig accounted for 98 percent of all viruses then circulating---all this from a single virus-writing miscreant. How can we possibly hope to stop the inevitable legions of similarly determined troublemakers? Better get used to it: There are no easy solutions to the virus problem.
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2009-12-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal netWorker (NTWK)
Volume Number 7
Issue Number 4
Page Count 7
Starting Page 16
Ending Page 22


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Source: ACM Digital Library