Section 1: SOCIAL AND ETHICAL ISSUES
It refers to the protection of hardware, software, machines and networks from unauthorized access. Security measures include restricted access to machines and networks for certain employees or to prevent access by hackers. The degree of security of information systems largely determines society’s confidence in the information contained in the systems.
The Social Impact of data security would be the effects upon people when hackers get unauthorized access to the protected software, machines and networks of other users.
This is a ‘social impact’ example, which shows how an e-mail virus got unauthorized access to the servers of business departments like, NASA, Google, and US Security Office as well.
E-mail virus attacks NASA server
An e-mail virus has attacked servers across the world, including those at NASA and Google, and possibly the US internal security department office.
The virus, called 'here you have' or 'VBMania', is a simple Trojan Horse that arrives in your inbox with the odd-but-suggestive subject line 'here you have', the Fox News said Saturday.
The body reads 'This is The Document I told you about, you can find it Here' or 'This is The Free Download Sex Movies, you can find it Here'.
The Internet Storm Center, a free analysis and warning service that tracks malicious internet activity, reported that the initial application that generated the vast cloud of spam clogging servers had been taken down, which should limit the spread of the virus Friday.
However, the centre warned: 'New variants may well follow.'
Leading virus monitors such as McAfee Labs and Symantec are currently investigating the threat, and have already updated their website to push security products that could protect users.
'Stop or remove the virus with Norton Internet Security 2011,' advised Symantec on its site Friday morning. The security companies describe 'here you have' as especially challenging to monitor, since...