Computer Viruses: A High-tech Disease by Rolf Burger

By Rolf Burger

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The reason, as almost every MS-DOS user today knows, is that the “hidden file” attribute prevents the names of these files from being listed in the directory. In the meantime, a number of programs, even some MS-DOS utility programs, have been written which allow any user to change the file attributes or even to edit hidden files. Thus by explaining its operation, the “hidden” attribute lost any protective function it had. Many manufacturers still believe that a protection program is really only good if you cannot figure out how it works.

Information about software and protection mechanisms must be kept hidden. • Regular talks must be conducted with system authorities to motivate them. • All persons not belonging to the organization who have computer access must be checked. • Software not developed in-house must be checked before it’s used. As you can see, much consideration is given to viruses behind closed doors while officially the harmlessness of these programs is stressed. 43 5 Live with the danger? Abacus 5. 5. L iv e w it h t h e d a n g e r ?

If you are interested in more information about viruses in general or in this program in particular, I will gladly assist you. 50. All rights for the programs named above belong to me. Sincerely, Ralf Burger The expected response from software houses and industry never came. Instead, a few magazines responded which wanted to report about it and some smaller software houses who were interested in using the virus for copy protection. A particularly nice answer was received from company M: In regards to your virus program, unfortunately I must inform you that we have no need for such programs in our company.

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