Be afraid

Via Dave Ewalt at Forbes, Bruce Schneier writes about the future of computer viruses.

Symptoms don’t appear immediately, and an infected computer can sit dormant for a long time. If it were a disease, it would be more like syphilis, whose symptoms may be mild or disappear altogether, but which will eventually come back years later and eat your brain.

Read the whole thing – fascinating and slightly unnerving, even for a rugged undercover guy like me.

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