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Babar isn't the only cute name for evil malware

Babar isn't the only cute name for evil malware

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As a species, we seem to love giving malware cutesy names reminiscent of simpler, more innocent times. Take Babar for instance; according to Motherboard, that's the name chosen for "a fully blown espionage tool, built to excessively spy." It also happens to be the name of a popular anthropomorphic elephant who later becomes crowned the green-suited king of the elephant kingdom.

With that in mind, here's a list of other beloved childhood artifacts that'd be great for naming computer-decimating viruses, based entirely on puns from The Verge's internal chat log:

Everybody Spoofs
Pokey Little Virus
The Little Engine that Crashed
Are You My Motherboard?
Oh, the Places You've Browsed!
Goodnight, Chrome
Dox in Socks
Where the Firewall Ends
Dora the File Explorer
How the Grinch Stole Passwords
Horton Hears a Skype Call
Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Trojan
James Clapper and the Giant Breach
Winnie the Pooh (and honey pots, too)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (it's already a bug)
Charlotte's Web
Curious George

... if you ever wondered what we talk about all day, now you know.

Update from TC Sottek: "How about a twist? Harriet the Privacy And Civil Liberties Oversight Board Chairman. Please include this photo."