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The Executive Computer: A Virus Carries Fatal Complications

Peter Lewis
New York Times, Technology, p. C-11
ISSN 0362-4331
June 1988

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AS long as programmers write programs, some unscrupulous people will concoct lethal ''computer viruses,'' software programs that use computer code to enter other programs and re-program them or destroy data. And some experts have concluded that no protection exists against such viruses. Imagine Wall Street's computers suddenly going berserk, executing thousands of bogus trades until the market is paralyzed, or your company's financial records being wiped out or altered into incoherence - or a space shuttle or a space-based weapon executing orders from such a program.

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