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Feds Alert to Web Security Threat

As the Department of Homeland Security urges Americans to be on high alert for potential acts of cyberterrorism, many computer security experts say military conflict doesn’t change the fact that the Net is already a pretty dangerous place. “When it really gets down to it, we’re getting security attacks on a daily basis,” said Vincent Weafer, director of Symantec Security Response. On an average day, the security software maker hears of five to 15 new viruses. In a typical year, it finds several thousand widespread vulnerabilities in computer systems. Web users and publishers fend off denial-of-service attacks and intruders seeking to steal crucial data on a daily basis. Still, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge’s decision this week to raise the nation’s threat level to orange, indicating a high risk of terrorist attacks, is causing computer security specialists to step up their vigilance. Full Story

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