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USA Today: Microsoft programs vulnerable to viruses

May 23, 2000, 00:40 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Will Rodger)

[ Thanks to George Mitchell for this link. ]

"More than 45,000 viruses infect PCs running the Windows operating system worldwide. Several have caused billions of dollars in damage in the past 12 months. Hundreds more viruses appear each year, requiring armies of anti-virus programmers to isolate and kill the offending bugs."

"By contrast, perhaps 35 viruses have been written for the Macintosh and four or five for the Unix-based computers that run most Web sites, says Eugene Spafford, director of the Computer Operations, Audit and Security Technology lab at Purdue University."

"This, a growing chorus of security experts say, is not happenstance."

"PC operating systems have inadequate security," says Peter Neumann, principal scientist at SRI International in Menlo Park, Calif. "Attachments and executable content are features that should not exist if you are worried about security. Period."

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