Darwinism meets the virus and worm

Wednesday, 17 November 2004, 12:22 PM EST

The concept of Darwinism is a simple one; only the fittest survive. Though this is a generalization of Darwinism it does boil down to that statement. How does this apply though to computer viruses, and worms? Well simply put while the latest batch of computer viruses is irritating they are hardly the stuff of nightmare. These annoying virus pests are barely even noticed, if at all, by the people that are infected by them who in turn propagate them. In large part this is due to the simple fact that the people who are infected simply don’t have an anti-virus solution for their computers, and are largely novice computer users. After all it comes down to user education in the first place or lack thereof for their being infected. For the rest of us who are protected with an anti-virus program we simply watch with minor annoyance the number of infected emails hit our email inbox. Streaming into your email inbox these are hardly a threat really, and only really are a waste of our bandwidth.

By Don Parker at WindowSecurity.com

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