Instructor: Mazen Badra
12 May 2004
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Can we stop computer viruses?
"If I can get $250,000 from Microsoft for turning in a fellow hacker, I will do it. It don't think there is much honor among thieves," says Patrick Gray a director at Internet Security Systems and formerly a cyber crime fighter at the FBI.2 The $250,000 reward is the latest tool in the fight to combat the overwhelming attacks by computer virus writers. The latest arrest that was motivated by monetary tool that of a 19-year-old German boy in connection to the Sasser virus. This virus has infected more than two million computers world wide according to info world Web Magizine.3 According to Microsoft the creators of computer viruses are winning the battle with cyber cops.
With more than four decades of technological advances electronic communication is prevalent in every aspect business, especially the Internet. The Internet has presented many benefits to the corporate community; it also has attracted its share of undesirable elements that misuse it. It is estimated that Computer viruses will cost the global economy more than $13 billion dollars this year.1
As the tools needed to hack or create viruses become easier to use the number of virus and hacking exploits grows exponentially. This growth is so fast that the anti virus companies cannot keep up. The only approach to combating the virus or hackers is reactive. The programmers make a bad code then the anti virus programmer makes a code to stop it.
The purpose of this research is to:
To explain what an anti virus programmer does.
To explain what a malicious program does.
To explain what an anti virus program does.
To show examples of monetary losses that are the result of not... [continues]
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