By John Aycock
Our Internet-connected society more and more will depend on computers. consequently, assaults on desktops from malicious software program have by no means been an even bigger quandary. Computer Viruses and Malware attracts jointly 1000's of resources to supply an unparalleled view of malicious software program and its countermeasures. This booklet discusses either the technical and human elements focused on laptop viruses, worms, and anti-virus software. It additionally seems on the program of malicious software program to machine crime and data warfare.
Computer Viruses and Malware is designed for a qualified viewers composed of researchers and practitioners in undefined. This booklet is additionally appropriate as a secondary textual content for advanced-level scholars in machine science.
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