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Report finds 84% jump in security incidents

The number of computer security incidents and attacks detected at businesses worldwide soared by 84% between the fourth quarter of 2002 and the first quarter of this year, fueled in part by a surge in the number of mass-mailing worms, according to a report due out Monday from Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS). The full report is due to be available for free from Atlanta-based ISS’s Web site. “What we’re seeing out there is a lot more folks being extremely active and a lot more malicious behavior,” said Peter Allor, manager of ISS’s X-Force Threat Analysis Services division, which compiled the report. “We’ve also seen a corresponding high degree of Web site defacements.” The large increase in worms and other security-related incidents point to a challenging year ahead for IT security staffs, the organization said in a statement. The tally includes relatively minor activities, such as scanning corporate networks for vulnerabilities, and more serious events, such as the Slammer worm, which emerged in January and according to some experts was the fastest-spreading worm yet. Full Story

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