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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

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"The difference between a worm and a virus is that a computer worm, as opposed to a virus, does not require the user to do anything to activate it! You don't have to open a file, load a website, or even turn your computer on!"--Quote from the Channel Four News at 6:00, less than three minutes ago, emphasis mine

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Ok, so what's the diff, then? 'Cause I've no clue meself. o_o

The difference generally is that worms tend to hack, but you generally do have to have your computer actually be on- and connected to the Internet- to be vulnerable...

Oh, so, she was right. Except for the whole power issue.

Hey, that's better than most journalists. Actually, surprisingly accurate compared to the standard, "It's a virus! Run for the hills!" response from the media.

Well, I guess in theory, you might be able to get a worm without turning the computer on, although I've never heard of it personally, and I doubt she knew about Power-on-by-LAN. ;)

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