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One of my pet peeves working in computer security has always been the use of emotive language. I have always felt that using highly emotive terms to discuss malware greatly adds to the already-considerable FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) that surrounds a lot of malware information. The FUD, in turn, leads users to think that this is a problem that is too big for them – too daunting, too scary – when that simply isn’t true.
Malware are computer programs just like other computer programs; what makes them different is that they have been created with the intent to benefit their author to the detriment of an affected user.
However, seeing as it’s that time of the year, I thought we’d take a look back at a few of the "terrifying" terms that have been used to describe malware over the years. Those of a piquish disposition should look away now and unplug your Ethernet cable. You have been warned.
Malware is bad, but FUD is worse. I hope I haven’t scared you too much with these gruesome details.
Hope you all have a safe and happy Halloween online.
Heather GoudeyMMPC Melbourne