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Computer viruses (BMJ 296-013)

John Asbury
British Medical Journal, vol. 297, pp.246-247
ISSN 0959-8138
July 1988

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Some time ago an intensive care unit in Glasgow found that its normally well ordered computer network was becoming erratic: data were being corrupted and files were being lost. Recently a general practitioner who used an IBM compatible computer for his repeat prescriptions discovered that important files were being corrupted. In both cases a computer virus was at work. Eventually the viruses were identified and exterminated, but not quickly and not without the loss of data.

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