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The Hidden War

Virus Makers Seek to Top Each Other, Online Users Left as Victims. Like the war on terrorism, there’s a secret battle going on right now that affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide. And it is happening – right on your computer. Recent computer viral outbreaks of the MyDoom, NetSky and Bagle e-mail bugs show that malicious online software, or “malware,” is still a growing security threat. Make that, “rapidly growing.” Computer security expert note that in the past three months since these infamous computer viruses made their online debut, each have already spawned nearly two dozen distinct variations. “In the past, we saw different variants of viruses, but they were often buggy and didn’t work in a lot of [computer] environments,” says Craig Schmugar, a research manager for antivirus maker McAfee. Now, “There are hundreds of new viruses in an average week, and they’re getting more complex, they work often across different [computer platforms].” Full Story

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