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Microsoft experts in the UK are trying to develop friendly software worms capable of spreading between computers instead of being downloaded from central servers.

Milan Vojnovic, a researcher from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, says that software patches that spread like worms may be faster and easier to distribute because no central server will then have to bear the entire load.

“These strategies can minimise the amount of global traffic across the network,” New Scientist magazine quoted him as saying.
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Malware for the greater good. Seems pretty interesting.

BTW, I searched the forum a lot to see if this has been posted. Didn't find anything.
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HIDDEN BOTNETS AHHH!

Kidding. Doesn't sound like a bad idea, but of course people will hate this and MS.
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Milan Vojnovic, a researcher from Microsoft Research in Cambridge, says that software patches that spread like worms may be faster and easier to distribute because no central server will then have to bear the entire load.
For some reason this kinda sounds like P2P...
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Oh god, this will probaly kill my internet connection when I'm gaming
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Originally Posted by Marin View Post
For some reason this kinda sounds like P2P...
Thats exactly what i thought. Instead of utilising a great existing technology, they want to change malware into something many will NOT want running uncontrolled on their computer? Excellent thoughts there chaps. Friendly malware my ...
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Bad idea. Bad, bad idea.

What's gonna end up happening is that Antivirus/Antispyware programs will have to differentiate between malware and.. amicableware, I guess.. And then virus writers will find out how to more easily slip this past the AV scanners.

And then everyone will blame Microsoft.
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People don't like their computers doing things without permission. This is a horrible idea.
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People don't like their computers doing things without permission. This is a horrible idea.
I'm sure that, if this were implemented, it would be something you could toggle on/off. Of course, it would probably be turned on by default. Still, count me out.
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post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by Marin View Post
For some reason this kinda sounds like P2P...
P2P is the future, just not the current form of P2P.
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So, wait.. Someone saw bit torrent and thought, 'Hey this is a great idea, but unfortunately it lets users control what's running and being downloaded to their computers. Let's make similar, malevolent software that does whatever it wants without the user's consent or knowledge instead!'

Yeah..
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