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Is virus writing really that bad?

Paul Ducklin
Fourth Anti-Virus Asia Researchers (AVAR) Conference 2001 Hong Kong - November 2001
November 2004

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In a world in which some anti-virus companies regularly overstate the risks posed by individual viruses in order to hype up the threat, it can be hard to judge the seriousness of the problem. So this paper tries to answer the question `is virus writing really that bad?' with a balanced view of the situation. Even though some of the socalled good guys come in for firm criticism, we conclude that the answer is a very definite yes.

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