Antibodies For Your Computer

Throttled at birth
A new way of thwarting viral epidemics on computers

“EARLY in the morning of July 19th 2001, a variant of a computer virus known as Code Red started spreading across the Internet. Within 14 hours, some 350,000 machines were infected. Like most modern virus outbreaks, it happened too quickly for people to intervene. In the time that it takes a technician to swig a mouthful of cold coffee and clear the boxes of congealed pizza from his desk, 30 new machines around the world can be infected. Unsurprisingly, therefore, viruses often run riot before any effective response can be mounted.”