Re: Sorta On Topic - Future Virus Problems...



So you think this is media hype? Could be... I've been around since before the 8088 was popular and didn't know about that or the Lotus problem.
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Joe AutoDrill wrote:

Well, isn't *that* special?
OTOH, it's not like a major corporation selling CDs deliberately infested with a rootkit a la Sony (<http://www.infoworld.com/article/05/11/18/HNsonyrootkit_1.html ) , orwith spyware a la TurboTax <http://geocities.com/turbotaxsafecast/ (wow,has it really been 6 years since I've used TurboTax?) several years ago.
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Sad but true. I read about a memory maker (Crucial?) that had to pull something like 250,000 chips not too long ago that were a non- reburnable eprom they made for a company.
Apparently an angry employee decided to "show them". Thankfully, this was not in America where he would have gone to counseling, then write a book, then to Oprah.
The blurb I read said the guy got something like 10 years in a jail in Malaysia or someplace nasty like that.
I'm sure a stay like that would help you mend your ways!
Robert
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No, it's not "just" media hype. It is real. So were historical occurrences.
I've never heard about the virus in the ROM BIOS on the Leading Edge boxes, But I _do_ have knowledge that commercial product distributions have shipped with viruses _multiple_ times. In 2 cases I know of, it happened making the master disk that were set out for distribution, and I know of at least 3 other instances where the virus was introduced at the duplication facility. I see no point in naming names on incidents that are ~20+ years in the past.
infections today are a _much_ more dangerous problem. There wasn't much a virus could _do_ with 'interesting information' once it found it, other than modify/destroy it. No Internet connectivity, stuff wasn't going to 'go somewhere else' where it could then be exploited to fullest potential.
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