25 Interesting Facts About Computer Viruses You Really Should Know

Posted by , Updated on March 31, 2016


Computer viruses were more of an urban myth than a real threat a few decades ago, but over the years, the situation has changed drastically. These days, malicious executable software programs are great menaces to anybody and anything from governments and big international corporations to small businesses and individual computer users. Created and programmed by anybody from experienced hackers to keen amateurs and even children, computer viruses are malware programs that – when executed – replicate by inserting copies of themselves into other computer programs, data files, or the boot sector of the hard drive. Viruses often perform some type of harmful activity on infected hosts, such as stealing hard disk space or CPU time, accessing private information, corrupting data, displaying political or humorous messages on the user’s screen, spamming their contacts, logging their keystrokes, or even rendering the computer useless. Needless to say, computer viruses are major annoyances and can lead to some dire consequences. Protect and inform yourself about these malicious bugs with these 25 interesting facts about computer viruses. There’s not a person in this world who is not at risk from a computer virus attack (no matter how powerful your antivirus software maybe). Therefore, the more you know, the more you’ll be able to protect yourself.

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With the constantly growing number of computer viruses and hackers, new types of computer crimes have been recognized. These days, the so called cybercrime encompasses a broad range of activities such as cyber terrorism, cyber extortion and cyber warfare.

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These days, over 6,000 new computer viruses are created and released every month.

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The most expensive computer virus of all time was referred to as MyDoom which caused $38 billion in damages. It was fast moving, infecting open networks and every computer with access to it. In 2004, this virus was estimated to impact 25% of all emails.

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It is actually very easy to become a member of Anonymous, the most famous international network of hacking activists. Therefore, only a handful of them are elite hackers capable of exploiting security flaws in computer systems and writing viruses.

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You cannot get a computer virus by just reading an email. It is only activated when you click a link or open an infected attachment.

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