Viruses, worms - what's in a name?

Thursday, 4 September 2003, 5:43 PM EST

Ever since Brain, the very first computer virus, was created in 1986, the antivirus researcher who discovers a new worm or virus is generally given the honor of naming it.

Now, 65,000 viruses later and counting, those intrepid researchers are still managing to come up with new monikers for malicious software.

There are the ever-popular intimidating names: Blaster, Chernobyl, Code Red, Hybris, Goner, Slapper and Slammer.

Less popular these days are playful, perky names: Pretty Park, Birthday, Happy Monday, Smile, New Love and Teddy Bear.

There are the always-in-fashion temptresses -- DeepThroat, Hooker, FunLove, Love Letter, NakedWife, Paradise -- and the ones that seem to refer to the person who created the worm: Annoying, Brat, Coma, Faker, Glitch, SadHound, Slacker, Small, TheThing and Yo Momma.

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