What a Wi-Fi Worm Outbreak Would Look Like

A future form of computer malware might infect Wi-Fi routers and steal data

3 min read

10 January 2008--Computer malware outbreaks today--viruses, worms, and Trojan horses that infect Internet-connected PCs--are global phenomena, attacking computers from Paris to Palo Alto as if there were no distance between them.But, computer-security specialists say, in the near future some malware epidemics could be more localized, jumping instead from one Wi-Fi�connected device or router to another.

A group of four computer scientists from Indiana University in Bloomington is examining the dangers of the still-hypothetical ”Wi-Fi worm.” Given the wealth of personal data on most Wi-Fi�connected PCs--and the known holes in some Wi-Fi security protocols--today's widespread wireless Internet connections, they say, should be monitored for malware spread over the airwaves.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

11 min read
A plate of spaghetti made from code
Shira Inbar

You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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