Security question (sort of)

From: Zane H. Healy <>
Date: Fri Mar 19 22:11:40 1999

>The serial ports are no longer recognized ANYWHERE - in the BIOS, in DOS, by
>MSD, Windows, anything. I have already re-installed Windows.
>A virus planted by a hacker can damage hardware by "eating" at the chips, or
>just scrambling the code in the chip. (I know someone (Ironically, it's the
>sister of the person that did this to my computer), who's keyboard
>controller chip got scrambled.

Have you tried upgrading your systems BIOS? Somehow I think that's about
the only thing a virus could do to mess up your system.

BTW, this is a good reason NOT to run Windows. I'd recommend either
getting a system that runs OpenVMS or at least installing UNIX on the
system you have.

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Received on Fri Mar 19 1999 - 22:11:40 GMT

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