Think before you sync, A common sense guide to safer browsing


All sorts of gotchas are lurking in cyberspace for the unwary. Even Apple's admirable technology can be exploited to spread viruses among "poddies". If you bought an iPod over the past couple of months, there's a chance that it has a nasty piece of mischief called RavMonE lodged in its guts. Synching an infected iPod with a computer will mess up the computer.

The RavMonE virus is a “worm”, a vicious piece of malicious software, or malware, that replicates rapidly by dispatching copies of itself to other computers whenever it detects a network connection. Once established, the worm opens a “back door” in the target computer’s operating system that lets a third party take control of the machine remotely and wreak havoc.

The good news is that traditional viruses and worms are actually on the wane—thanks, oddly enough, to the fact that new software has become so bloated. Tech.view | Think before you sync | Economist.com

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 27th November 2006 11:08PM