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  • Question and author selection: 1700 UTC Tuesday
  • Draft submission: 0800 UTC Thursday to enable review
  • Publication: 1200 UTC Friday.

For a list of previous proposed and featured questions, look at @Iszi's question here.


I propose:

Why would a virus writer bother to check to see if a machine is infected before infecting it?

It has got quite a bit of attention. Perhaps a blog post can be written that outlines what are common or popular virus traits.


I propose the following question

What are the career paths in the (illegal) computer security field?

As the question widely covers the career paths

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