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If Tech Companies Were Liable For Security Holes, Cyberspace Would Become Safer

Just two weeks ago, a nasty little piece of software known to security experts as an Internet “worm,” wreaked havoc in parts of cyberspace. “Slammer,” as the worm was dubbed, went beyond the usual disruptions to e-mail and Web sites: It crippled 911 systems near Seattle, disabled Bank of America ATMs, and gummed up ticketing systems at Continental Airlines. The attack exploited a flaw in a Microsoft database program that was well known. Microsoft had issued a software “patch” to fix the flaw six months earlier. Computers that had the patch were not directly affected. Ironically, some of Microsoft’s own computer servers did not have the patch and were overwhelmed by Slammer. That such an attack took place was no surprise to most security experts. Full Story

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