Viruses, worms, and Trojan horses: Serious crimes, nuisance, or both?

Lorine A. Hughes, Gregory J. DeLone

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This study examines the functionality and propagation patterns of computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses detected during a 12-month period beginning on January 1, 2004. Using data obtained from threat reports prepared by a major vendor of computer security products, the authors find that these unique forms of cybercrime warrant general concern but that their overall threat to corporate, government, and end computer users thus far has been exaggerated. The authors conclude that greater attention must be paid to the role of the computer user in the spread of viruses and other malicious software and to the small handful of chronic offenders who contribute disproportionately to the problem.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-98
Number of pages21
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Computer crime
  • Cybercrime
  • Malware
  • Trojan horses
  • Viruses
  • Worms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Library and Information Sciences
  • Law

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