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Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society
Volume 2012, Article ID 473136, 15 pages
Research Article

Effects of Resource Limitations and Cost Influences on Computer Virus Epidemic Dynamics and Tipping Points

1Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, Chang Gung University, 259 Wen Hwa 1st Road, Taoyuan 333, Taiwan
2Department of Computer Science, National Chiao Tung University, 1001 Ta Hsueh Road, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan

Received 8 July 2012; Accepted 22 September 2012

Academic Editor: Yanbing Liu

Copyright © 2012 Chung-Yuan Huang and Chuen-Tsai Sun. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


One of the most important assessment indicators of computer virus infections is epidemic tipping point. Although many researchers have focused on the effects of scale-free network power-law connectivity distributions on computer virus epidemic dynamics and tipping points, few have comprehensively considered resource limitations and costs. Our goals for this paper are to show that (a) opposed to the current consensus, a significant epidemic tipping point does exist when resource limitations and costs are considered and (b) it is possible to control the spread of a computer virus in a scale-free network if resources are restricted and if costs associated with infection events are significantly increased.