Not Another Computer Virus How many different forms of electronic infections there are? How many people get infected with these infections in one day? There are too many people that get infected in a day, and some estimate that there are about 60,000 electronic infections that have evolved since CPUÃÂ¢Ã¢ÂÂ¬Ã¢ÂÂ¢s existed. The most common forms of infections that have affected the World Wide Web are Viruses, Trojan Horses, Worms, and E-mail Viruses.
What is a Worm and what evil do they do? A worm is a computer program that has the ability to copy itself from machine to machine. Worms normally move around and infect other machines through computer networks. Using a network, a worm can expand from a single copy incredibly quickly (Brian 2).
The ability of a worm to use up computer time and network bandwidth enables it to replicate itself and cause serious damage. Every time the worm is replicated, it searches the Internet for Windows NT or Windows 2000 servers that do not have the security patch installed (Brian 2).
Once the worm has found the unsecured server, it attaches itself to the server and there, it replicates again. This cycle continues over and over again. The worm could replicate itself a numerous amount of times depending on how many unprotected servers there are.
A good example of a worm is called the Code Red Worm. It made a huge ruckus during 2001. It infects Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 servers that are running on Microsoft Internet Information Server. The worm was created to do three major things. The first thing the worm was designed to do was replicate itself for the first twenty days of each month. Once the server has been infected, it replaces web pages with a different page that says...