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PC World: Net Attacks Can Spread Beyond PCs

Apr 13, 2000, 21:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Bugs that lurk in computer systems around the world are poised to leap into the new era of post-PC computing--and that could spell trouble for technology consumers and security experts."

"Manufacturers are starting to equip a range of products from cars to refrigerators with programmable computer chips and Internet access. Since everything connected can be infected, the new world of computing holds invisible threats."

"Bringing Web searches and book orders to a screeching halt might not have brought Western civilization to a standstill. But what if the attacks caused home heating systems to fail or burglar alarms to ring? Or, worse yet, if they were aimed at "911" switchboards?"

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