Computer virus, a computer program that is designed to replicate itself by copying itself into the other programs stored in a computer. It may be benign or have a negative effect, such as causing a program to operate incorrectly or corrupting a computer's memory.
The W32.Blaster.worm is a good example of a virus that spread through the internet. It caused havoc on many computers causing them to restart every so many minutes. The original author of the Blaster worm has not been caught, but 18 year old Jeffrey Lee Parson of Hopkins, Minnesota was caught for distributing a modified version of the worm. In Eric Ortner's MSNBC online new report, he said that, ".he [Parson] faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine." Jeffery Lee Parson said in Ortner's article, "I am extremely concerned that the government is trying to make an example of me." One could say that he should pay for modifying a malicious computer virus, but also one could say that he is young and still learning, and that kids will do stupid things.
From a recent survey of mine, 50% of the people surveyed have encountered a computer virus before, and 9 out of 10 people have internet access. I myself have had quite an experience with computer viruses, and how they can affect one's computer. When I was 16 about to turn 17, I bought my first computer of my very own. I remember hooking it all up and getting it all setup for myself. I at the time was using regular Dial-Up internet access which required that I use a phone line. I didn't have an internet firewall, or any antivirus protection software. About a week after I had internet access on my computer, I contracted a virus. The virus erased all pictures on my computer, and replaced them with viruses that had the same name as the pictures. At the time I could not get rid of the virus, or recover the erased pictures, so my only choice was to format (erase) my hard drive, and re-install everything.