Monday, August 31, 2009

Computer Worm Types

There are many types of worm programs, many of which are quite insidious - they can compromise the security of an infected machine and leave it vulnerable to future attacks, collect passwords and other confidential information (which can then be automatically emailed to other people), or be programmed to delete files or deface websites.


Worms are particularly well-known for scanning through a person’s computer for email addresses, and then propagating themselves to the addresses found. Some worms will also send a file from your computer to every person they propagate to, which could be disastrous if the attached file is confidential/personal information.

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