The need to define malware

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It is a problem of legend within the computing industry that, surprisingly, there is no universally accepted definition of the term 'computer virus'.

To some it means a self-replicating program, to others a program that attaches parasitically to some other program. Still others maintain that it has to have interaction with the user in order to operate. In 1981, in his study 'A Short Course on Computer Viruses' Professor Fred Cohen described ...

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