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Virus Insecurity
Douglas Chick

Virus Insecurity [TheNetworkAdmnistrator.com]Viruses are to the IT department, what venereal diseases are to doctors. Once a virus can infiltrate a users contact list, it infects the user and all the people the user has ever had e-mail with. The “I Love You” virus is a perfect example of this; “The I Love You virus infected several million computers and caused as much as $10 billion in damages” according to an article on Sun Microsystem’s website. This means that several million people were lonely enough to click on the "LOVE-LETTER-FOR-YOU.TXT.vbs" attachment in hopes a secret admirer was trying to contact them.  

  It would be easier to understand how a deceptive virus like the “I Love You” virus tricked millions of people into opening it, if the virus were the first one of its kind, but it wasn’t. The “I Love You’ virus was like; virus #2,515,784. I mean; there were a hell of a lot of viruses that came a long before this one. Anyone that clicks on spam or virus e-mail these days are playing Russian roulette and should be charged a premium when having to help them. This is especially true when it comes to office workers because they are warned all the time about being cautious of suspicious e-mail. Because so many office workers click on the I Love You Viruses, tells me that there are also a hell of a lot of office affairs going on for subject title to be interesting. 

         "Burn me once, and you’re the fool. Burn me 2,515,784 times and I’m too freakin stupid to own a computer…a car…have children…and be allowed to vote.”

 




 


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