Scary thought: Web Page Viruses?

Paul Derbyshire (ao950@FreeNet.Carleton.CA)
29 Apr 1996 00:39:41 GMT

From: ao950@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Paul Derbyshire)
Subject: Scary thought: Web Page Viruses?
Date: 29 Apr 1996 00:39:41 GMT
Message-Id: <4m134d$>

With the advent of JAVA code and scripting languages, it seems likely that
sooner or later some geek with too much time on his hands will invent a
new kind of VIRUS, one that lurks on a web page and as soon as the page is
accessed, goes to work on the host computer. Right now all of these
scripting languages and that are incapable of accessing the computer disk
drives, but is it inconceivable that a Trojan horse might be developed
that causes a segment of normal executable code to download and run? This
could cause problems...

    .*.  "Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not
 -()  <  circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a
    `*'  straight line."    ,------------------------------------------------
         -- B. Mandelbrot  |  Paul Derbyshire (PGD)