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Viruses are nasty things. To be more specific though, a computer virus is a type of super evil software program (“malware”) that, replicates by reproducing itself or infecting other computer programs by modifying them. Infecting computer programs can include as well, data files, or the “boot” sector of the hard drive. That was the Google definition. I kind of modified it though, because I’m sure Google wouldn’t use “super evil” in their definition. Anyway, viruses can have varying impact from annoying pop ups, to slowing your computer down, stealing credit card information, and the slight possibility of messing up the economy a little more than it already is. Viruses can infect more than just desktops, furthermore, when infecting the right (or wrong) things, it can be very costly.

Viruses can have varying impact from annoying pop ups, to slowing your computer down, stealing credit card information, and the slight possibility of messing up the economy a little more than it already is. The economy isn’t just the government, it is you, and me, and everyone within it. Let’s say you buy something on Amazon, and you save your credit card information on your computer because it is more convenient to just have it there saved. Cool, right? However, a day later you get an email from Amazon. An attachment is present, and you click it. Nothing happens, so you are like “whatever”. You just jeopardized all your credit card information, just like that. It is bad to have that happen to one person, but imagine millions of people opening the same attachment. All of those people are in serious risk of being financially compromised, even get a good amount of debt. That is pretty bad, more people in debt, in turn messing up the economy even more.

Viruses can infect more than just desktops, furthermore, when infecting the right (or wrong) things, it can be very costly. A good example would be the ILOVEYOU virus. The ILOVEYOU virus initially traveled the Internet by e-mail. The subject of the e-mail said that the message was a love letter from a secret lover. An attachment in the e-mail caused all the trouble. It did many things to infect the computer, It copied itself many times and hid the copies in several folders on the victim’s hard drive, added new files to registry keys, replaced several different kinds of files with copies of itself,  sent itself through Internet Relay Chat clients as well as e-mail, and more. It’s estimated to have caused up to ten billion dollars in damages. Viruses have also infected banks, and government computers, costing millions of dollars in potential damage to the economy.

 

Viruses are nasty things. To be more specific though…just kidding I won’t put you through that again. These ugly things can sure cause quite a bit of damage to the economy, whether that be small scale credit card stealing, to causing massive problems to local and worldwide economies. Thank you for reading.