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Survival Of the Catchiest

In Naming Computer Viruses, Speed and Confusion Rule. Early one Monday afternoon, Craig Schmugar, virus research manager at computer security firm Network Associates Inc., was at his desk taking a quick look at the programming inside a new computer worm that his team had just discovered, still in the early stages of circulating the Web. As Schmugar scanned through the worm’s deciphered code, his adrenaline started pumping. This one had ambitions. The worm disguised itself as a bounced piece of e-mail and had an innovative way of collecting addresses, looking for more potential victims. Schmugar had a feeling this one was going to create a lot of trouble; it was time to sound the alarms — but first he needed to attach a name. What to call it? Full Story

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