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'Legacy viruses' lie in wait

Old viruses do not die but merely remain dormant, according to experts at an antivirus conference. Antivirus experts speaking at the Association of anti-Virus Asia Researchers (AVAR) conference have told delegates that old computer viruses are still a threat. While so-called “legacy viruses” are slowly dropping off, old malicious code is lying in wait to strike at current systems. Survey data analysed by researchers indicates many threats presumed by system administrators to be extinct are more accurately described as “dormant”, speakers told conference attendees in Sydney today. One researcher, Larry Bridwell of ICSA labs, says these inactive viruses are analogous to fish thought to have disappeared from the seas. No one thinks much of them until “some fisherman in Madagascar pulls one out on a line”. Full Story

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