Chapter 5. Trojan Horses and Worms

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I do it for the pleasure of creating something, seeing that it works, and making something that could really survive, spread, and hold its own in the wild. A virus is something that lives. In real life you can’t make a kind of animal. You can in the computer. It’s like playing God.


Back in the ’80s, a programmer named Bob Wallace started a software company based on a unique marketing scheme. Rather than force people to pay for software before using it and risk finding out later that it doesn’t quite do what they expected, Wallace gave away his software for free. Under his rules, later dubbed shareware, anyone could freely and legally copy and share his program, ...

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