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Computer malware: spies and worms

Date: May 12, 2007
Source: Australian IT
By: Mark Cocquio

In my youth, working at an electronics store, I had a very strange conversation with a customer.

He insisted that computer viruses were a form of life, because they replicated and exhibited adaptive, lifelike behaviour.

Of course, he was completely wrong, but only because he didn't understand exactly what a computer virus is.

They're just programs, or fancy algorithms, if you really want to strip them down to basics.

Some are pretty complex, but that doesn't make them any more alive than Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat.
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