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Virus Attacks Subsided in April

Virus activity subsided to a recent low in April, despite fears of an online “cyberwar” triggered by the war in Iraq, according to antivirus vendor Trend Micro Inc. In a statement, the company said it had issued only eight advisories in April, down from 22 in March and the fewest of any month this year. All were low-level alerts. Even before the actual fighting in Iraq ended in mid-April, the so-called “cyberwar” appeared to have run its course, which in any case was little more than an outbreak of “cyber-graffiti,” Trend Micro (www.trendmicro.com/vinfo/) said. Hacker activity escalated with the onset of war in March, but the attacks were generally minor, low-tech exploits such as defacing webpages, along with a few denial of service (DoS) attacks. No major attacks on the Internet infrastructure or significant disruptions of Internet traffic were reported. Virus writers unleashed several very minor threats supposedly related to the war in Iraq, but the last one, VBS_LISA.A, arrived on April 1. Subsequent new threats in April resorted to a variety of “social engineering” tricks, none too successfully, the company said. Full Story

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