---- As written by Russ Cooper:
> Would it be possible to embed a virus into a .GIF file? or .AVI file? or
> .WAV file? These guys are all downloaded and stored in a cache on your
> local workstation, and in turn invoke an application on the local
> workstation. What is the difference between this and Java?
> Russ Cooper
> Senior Internet Integration Engineer
> SHL/Computer Innovations
> RCooper @
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.GIF, .AVI, .WAV... are basically compressed raw data streams.
The "viewer" decompresses the stream and sticks it on your monitor or your
audio device. JAVA on the other hand is a programming language. It can
manipulate files watch the mouse/keyboard/network for traffic.
This is simular to the Micro$oft Word Macro trojanhorse. The document (HTML,
Word) is harmless. It is when you have attachments that get executed that
thing go wrong.
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From: Russ Cooper <rcooper @