Sophos has reacted with surprise and disappointment to the news that the University of Calgary in Canada is offering its students a course in malicious virus-writing. The course, titled “Computer Viruses and Malware” which is due to commence in the autumn of this year, is described by university literature as focusing on “developing malicious software such as computer viruses, worms and Trojan horses that are known to wreak havoc to the tune of billions of dollars world-wide on an annual basis.” The course professor, Dr. John Aycock, is said to have convinced the University authorities to allow virus writing to be part of the course in the belief that it will lead to a greater understanding of how to stop viruses. Full Story
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