Who decides the name for a virus?

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Who decides the name of a virus when it is released?

Answer

Most of the Anti-Virus vendors belong to an organisation called CARO (Computer Anti-Virus Research Organisation). The members of CARO exchange virus information and define common names for viruses. However, not all Anti-Virus vendors are members of this organisation.

This sometimes means that the same virus will have different names if a non member of CARO releases virus information to the press. This can also lead to a perception that other Anti-Virus vendors are late with protection for a particular virus, when in fact the CARO members have simply given the virus a different name.

CARO (Computer Anti-Virus Research Organisation) are a group of internationally renowned anti-virus experts who share knowledge and information about viruses, particularly new ones.

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