The Server Conspiracy

A virus is a nasty piece of malicious code, which wriggles through smallest of the holes in the big walls. In the past, there have been a couple of instances where codes have even entered manufacturing processes of storage products and infected a batch of them.

HP Australia happened to ship its ProLiant servers with optional USB keys, and they happened to contain viruses! Two low-risk worms namely Fakerecy and SillyFDC to be precise. If the hardware carries a virus even before being used, then where’s the guarantee of protection and security against those that originate later! But why wasn’t this found out at the factory itself? HP is giving chance to derive as many cool names that might help them re-brand themselves such as “highly prerogative”. Sounds cool, eh?

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  1. What is the difference between a virus and a worm anyway?
    What HP did is quite annoying. Hopefully no one was bothered by that petty worm HP left on their server.

  2. A virus is a program that is designed to spread from file to file on a single pc, it does not intentionally try to move to another pc, and it must replicate, and execute itself to be defined as a virus.

    A worm is designed to copy itself (intentionally move) from pc to pc, via networks, internet etc.

    A worm doesnt need a host file to move from system to system, whereas a virus does.

    So worms spread more rapidly then viruses.

    The word 'Virus' has become a common term a lot of people use to refer to worms and trojans too. Which is not exactly correct.



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