A Short Course on Computer Viruses (Wiley Professional Computing)

  • Publish Date: 1994-04-20
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Frederick B. Cohen
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From the reviews of the first edition Cohen has been writing and speaking on viruses since they were just glimmerings in the eyes of minded computer scientists. And, as a minded scientist himself, Dr. Cohen does know his stuff. EXE Magazine This book is fun to read (a rarity in this field) and seemingly near faultless in the majority of its conclusions. Considering the authors considerable achievements, it is also written with admirable modesty. Virus Bulletin Here is an outstanding opportunity to learn about computer viruses from the internationally acclaimed pioneer in the field who actually coined the phrase computer virus. This new edition of Cohens classic work has been updated and expanded to nearly double its original size and now includes entirely new chapters on LAN viruses, international viruses, and good viruses (including code). As entertaining as it is thorough, the text is enlivened by Cohens down-to-earth wit and his many fascinating anecdotes and heretofore unpublished historical facts about viruses. Both broad in its coverage and deep in its consideration, it includes dozens of lucid explanations and examples that amicably guide the reader through the complex, often convoluted subject matter. Hailed as a tour de force, Cohens discussion of defensive strategies reveals many of the stumbling blocks that often trip readers up. Among the breakthroughs and exciting new developments youll find only in this book are:

  • A new analysis of the epidemiology of computer viruses
  • New forms of virus evolution that will render most current defenses useless
  • New strategies and tactics in virus defenses
  • New analyses of synergistic effects in attack and defense