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Class on Virus Creation Draws Industry Ire

University wants to teach future virus fighters, but companies say they won’t hire graduates. When the University of Calgary announced plans this week to offer a course that includes instruction on writing computer viruses, officials expected the antivirus industry to support the move–designed to help educate future virus fighters. Instead, industry leaders have roundly criticized the plan. “It legitimizes the creation of destructive code and provides justification for virus writers to do their work,” says Robert Vibert, administrator of the Antivirus Information and Early Warning System and the Antivirus Information Exchange Network. Both organizations help antivirus researchers and virus fighters share information about new and emerging threats. “You can quote me on this,” he says. “Please don’t do this, please don’t teach people to write viruses.” Full Story

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