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Avoiding the Epidemic

Worms are sent to email users around the world on a daily basis. However, there are a few worms that seem to take a stronger hold and cause mass infection. Typically, they spread quickly and infect millions of computers in a short time. When these large-scale epidemics are going on, take special care to avoid becoming another casualty.

Case Study 4-4

Dan heard about the worm at work. All day long, the security department had been warning people not to open any email with the subject line of “You've got to see this.” Dan hadn't seen any suspicious emails all day. He figured the problem had been blown out of proportion to make the security department seem more important.

When he arrived at home, he noticed an email in his inbox from his best friend, Brett. The subject line said “You've got to see this.” Brett must have been getting the same message at his work. Dan laughed as he opened the email. Just like Brett to make a joke of everything.



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