Epidemic! part 3

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  • The term “portals of entry” refers to the means in which a microbe enters the body. [p. 79] Malware researchers tend to use the term “vulnerability.”
  • A big difference between epidemiology and malware research is that in epidemiology, a pathogen is defined as something harmful to the host. In contrast, malware may be harmful to the host PC, to the PC’s user, and/or to remote PC or network systems. And, for that matter, it’s not clear that something like a spam bot would even be considered “harmful,” at least not in the form of creating symptoms or damage.
  • Some viruses attack specific target cells, much as malware attacks specific software [p. 85]

This entry is part of a series. See the introduction for more information.

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