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Can I get a virus from plugging my ethernet into another person's router

Discussion in 'General Security' started by Kapustin Yar, Dec 26, 2010.

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  1. Kapustin Yar

    Kapustin Yar Thread Starter

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    My friend says I've given him a virus. His wifi wouldn't work so we plugged his ethernet cable into my router to get online. He got a virus and says its my fault. I say if there is a virus he got it from the internet and not me.

    Who's right?
     
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    If we are talking about strict definitions, then viruses don't leap across PCs. However, there are WORMS, which do spread from PC to PC, like the old "Code Red".
     
  4. Kapustin Yar

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    I know I can get a virus from another pc but I wasn't aware I could get one from an Ethernet cable. Are you sure about this?
     
  5. Frank4d

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    Yes, there are worms that can spread from computer to computer on a network. I got infected by one several years ago and noticed when I would clean a computer and then another one, the worm was right back on the first one. It had me going for a while until I disconnected all computers from the network and cleaned them all before reconnecting them. In my case it was a worm that looks for computers with the administrator password blank.
     
  6. Kapustin Yar

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    Well the two computers weren't networked, per se That is, you can't see the contents of one pc on the other pc. I was not aware you could get a virus from JUST an Ethernet cable. That's a new one for me, thanks.
     
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    While there is malware that can spread over a network, it really isn't that common. Still, you couldn't spread the malware without file sharing enabled. The Internet is indeed a much more likely source for any infection. Personally, I believe that malware authors don't even have to spend any effort making their warez sneaky and stealthy; it's more cost effective to write simple programs and shotgun them all over the Internet.
     
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