Waging war on computer viruses

Wednesday, 22 May 2002, 1:23 PM EST

Almost every novel internet technology, from e-mail to peer-to-peer networks, has been exploited by virus writers and vandals keen to cause havoc.

Virus writers are locked in an endless struggle with anti-virus and security companies who are trying to guess which advance will be taken advantage of next.

Many anti-virus companies are adapting their tactics to protect customers and catch new viruses before they do too much damage.

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