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Fighting Fire with Fire: Designing a "Good" Computer Virus

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Cyrus Peikari demonstrates methods to design and test a live, attenuated computer virus vaccine using real-world simulation.
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Computer viruses have outgrown traditional antivirus methods. Despite the widespread use of antivirus software, viruses still cause billions of dollars in damage each year. To counter the threat, this article offers suggestions for designing and testing unique, computer-based solutions inspired by the field of biology. Specifically, we describe ideas for designing and testing a live, attenuated computer virus vaccine, including methods for successfully testing the vaccine using real-world simulation.

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