Some True Virus Stories
We don't normally like to write about viruses, and we especially don't like the email hoaxes that go around about "virus warnings". But we've got a couple of true stories that have either happened to us or to someone we know, that serve as another reminder why proper anti-virus software is essential.
We know of someone locally who was seeking a grant of government money, and had sought assistance to prepare a business plan. It included his financial projections, and just as importantly, a clear outline of both his suppliers and clients. It was a reasonable plan that had included some substantial, supportable market research.
The business idea was new, so he was still moving by stealth to get his venture up and happening before others moved on his markets or in any other way countered his intentions. He was active in the organisation of his industry, and so was on both the state industry group and the national industry group. Because of this he had the names of most of his suppliers, most of his clients, and most of his competitors nationwide in his email address list.
Unfortunately what happened next is enough to make any business person tremble.
His computer was infected by a virus - one of the type that emails itself automatically to everyone in your address book. What this virus normally did though, was to take a document at random (usually the last document you worked on) and include it in the email it sent out. In this case, it grabbed a copy of his business plan, and emailed it to everyone in his address book. The first he heard about it was when he started to get phone calls and emails from everyone, including his competitors, asking why he had emailed them a copy of his business plan.
This is an unfortunate story, but one that clearly demonstrates the need to protect yourself against those kinds of replicating viruses. Needless to say, in this case the damage was horrendous. reminder why proper anti-virus software is essential.
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