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Seattle Times: Bug loved Microsoft: Virus attack shows vulnerability of software 'monoculture'...

May 11, 2000, 18:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Nesbitt)

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"The "Love Bug" and its copycat cousins, which wreaked havoc with Microsoft-based e-mail systems and Internet servers around the globe this week, underscore the vulnerability of a world that is increasingly online and dominated by a single software giant, critics say."

"But it left systems and servers that don't use Microsoft programs relatively unscathed, placing another rhetorical brickbat in the arsenal of those who call for a breakup of the world's richest programming corporation."

"Under the banner of technological diversity, these critics note the danger of a global Internet ruled by a Microsoft "monoculture," a biological phrase that evokes images of natural selection and Darwin. Here's the logic: Just as a diverse gene pool favors a life form's ability to adapt to adverse circumstances, so would a diverse set of operating systems make the world's computer users less vulnerable to cyberattack."

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