Chapter 17. Viruses and Worms

Do you have a virus? No instruments, no senses can tell you if you are in the presence of the predator.

—Richard Preston, The Hot Zone

If doctors and pharmacists worked like anti-virus vendors, we'd all be immunized against all illnesses. Would this improve our viability as a species?

—David Harley, Icarus

In This Chapter

This chapter addresses one of the best-known, most-feared and least-understood problems in information security. It explains what viruses and worms really are (and aren't), summarizes the means of limiting their impact, and, most ...

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