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Will Viruses do to Microsoft What the Courts Cannot? 
Douglas Chick

Microsoft is under what can only be considered terrorist attacks against its operating system by virus makers. With such viruses as the SoBig worm, Blaster32 and the MyDoom worm, watching Microsoft release one security patch after another is like watching a marathon game of Donkey Kong. Meanwhile, Microsoft talks about the "Mega Patch" for XP. How and why viruses are crafted to embarrass Microsoft is anyone's guess, but my guess is that there's something more to it than giving Microsoft a public spanking. 

I've noticed that computer people, more than others, have an ironic sense of justice when it comes to what's right or wrong. And I've also noticed that very few are brave enough for any type of confrontation. I receive a lot of e-mail from computer people telling me what's wrong with Microsoft, the world and my spelling, but almost none ever want their names associated with the comments or remarks. Publicly attacking someone is a lot more difficult to do than privately attacking them. Writing a virus and launching it is a private attack, an attack that can be accomplished with a certain anonymity. 

From time to time I argue with my friend Will, that these attacks are from Linux enthusiasts. He argues that they aren't, but who else is personally satisfied by such assaults? (I know, Netware, Unix, IBM…) I base this from my observations that Linux enthusiasts seem to be a little more enthusiastic about their operating systems than most. They seem to be a little more militant and even more hostile than other computer administrators. On the other hand, I know a bunch of Netware administrators that can be down right dangerous if you bring up the name Microsoft. Okay, a lot of Netware Admins. Perhaps it's not just one group. Perhaps the only reason I'm even mentioning it is because I'm lonely and want a lot of hate mail right now. 

Regardless of who is doing it, these constant assaults on the Window's operating system is taking it's toll on the Network Administrator that has to stay late to fix these problems. Many network admins have already adopted other operating systems with many more to follow. So it appears that viruses are breaking the operating system monopoly faster than the court system can.