[svlug] LoveLetter reporting -- Microsoft, not computer, virus

dfox@belvdere.vip.best.com dfox at belvdere.vip.best.com
Sat May 6 09:59:38 PDT 2000


> You must mean protection such as avoiding carrying out actions with
> zero survival value, such as stupidly running suspicious executable code

Not necessarily that. But take a look at the typical commercial 
shrink-wrap license agreement -- a company could conceivably 
release a virus within their copy-protected software -- business (or 
user) runs it, loses its valuable data. Business (or user) cannot
sue the company for negligence, but the company can sue the business
for reverse-engineering the virus out of the software.

Of course, this scenario isn't likely -- but it is possible.

> Cheers,        "Linux means never having to delete your love mail."
> Rick Moen                                              -- Don Marti
> rick (at) linuxmafia.com
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