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Computer Security The threat of viruses Societies around the world are just learning about the level of importance of computer security against virus attacks and the critical significance of cyber crime Companies around the world lose vast amounts of time money and resources due to the lack of defense systems and knowledge Companies must ensure that the all data processing equipment like computers routers and networks are robust and secure to withstand any type of malicious attack The following report details some of the more common malicious code specifically viruses explaining some of the damage which these very powerful viruses can inflict on to any computer that it is not well prepared for this kinds of attacks Armstrong July 2000 p1 states that Februarys 2000 big story for the information security marketplace was the distributed denial-of-service attacks which rendered the likes of Yahoo eBay and ETrade helpless Most recently news of the LoveBug hit While statisticians still grapple with the costs associated with recuperating from this newest bugs sting the latest reports indicate that approximately 90 per cent of networks worldwide were affected Recovery costs associated with the LoveBug are estimated to range from about 600 million upwards to a big 10 billion Along with all these woes companies also have to fend off attacks not only from the outside but more importantly from inside A Virus According to Pfleeger 1997 p179 is a program that can pass on malicious code to other nonmalicious programs by modifying them The term virus arises because the affected program acts like a biological virus modification of good programs is like a virus that infects other healthy subjects In Australia damaging data in a computer carries heavy penalties according to Carroll 1997 p33 in New South Wales section 310 of the Crimes Act as amended in 1989 states that a person intentionally and without authority or lawful excuse destroys alters or erases data or inserts data
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