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February 16, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

Key Logic Corp, Santa Clara, California has appointed OTC Corp of Tokyo to distribute its KeyTech packages, which are designed to guard against destruction of data by computer viruses: the kernel of the operating system is replaced by Keytech, which has more restricted functions than other operating system kernels, handling only memory and communication protocol management; designed to be installed on IBM mainframes, it leaves existing applications unaffected – this has been tested at an Australian bank – and Amdahl Corp has decided to incorporate the KeyTech product in its operating system; Japan has been relatively free of computer viruses but last year in August, the PC-VAN communications network run by NEC Corp was infected with a virus that stole passwords; the Keytech software licenses for a daunting $1.162m on IBM hosts.

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