Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th May 2009 22:48 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption The past few years, it seemed as if virus writers had moved away from doing actual damage to systems to instead focus on stealth, so that infected machines can silently, and unknowingly, be used for all sorts of malicious practices. Sadly, there are still those crackers out there that prefer the old-fashioned approach to these matters. The result: 100000 ruined Windows machines.
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by Dasher42 on Fri 8th May 2009 23:45 UTC
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This is a good thing. Virii that kill their hosts die out in both computers and nature.

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RE: Perversely
by Hypnos on Sat 9th May 2009 06:06 in reply to "Perversely"
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Why ebola never turned into a plague -- burns itself out.

BTW, the plural of "virus" in English is "viruses;" in Latin, the plural is "viri."

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by weorthe on Sat 9th May 2009 07:12 in reply to "RE: Perversely"
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There is no plural for "virus" in classical Latin. In modern Latin, it would be "vira."

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RE[2]: Perversely
by UglyKidBill on Sun 10th May 2009 00:05 in reply to "RE: Perversely"
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errr... but virii is the proper plural in l33t, wasn´t it? ;-)

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RE: Perversely
by Gone fishing on Sat 9th May 2009 14:05 in reply to "Perversely"
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This is a good thing. Virii that kill their hosts die out in both computers and nature.

In nature this is a mistaken view - it is true that viruses that adopt a typical long term parasitic relationship with their host will tend to become less virulent as the virus has a vested interest in its hosts survival, sometimes to the point where the virus ceases to be pathogenic, the integration of viral code into the human genome illustrates this.

However, this isn't the only strategy - a virus that uses its host only briefly has no interest in its hosts survival, only rapid and effective transmission. For example very rapid dispersal and rapid transmission coupled with a high mutation rate - the common cold, or high virulence and rapid dispersal such as smallpox or rabies.

Fortunately I can't envisage the computer equivalent of rabies so hopefully no one will get bitten by a PC foaming at the mouth.

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