Symantec CTO Robert Clyde warned Thursday that there is a growing gap between the speed at which security attacks are being launched and the industry’s ability to respond. Speaking at the Global E-commerce Summit at the United Nations, Clyde said that historically most attacks on Web sites are classified as Class III threats because they tend to take several hours and even days to execute. But in recent months, the industry has seen the emergence of Class II attacks–also known as Warhol attacks–that manifest themselves in minutes. “Over 90 percent of hosts that came under attack from SQL Slammer were hit in under 10 minutes,” said Clyde. “We call these Warhol threats because they make themselves famous in about 15 minutes.” Full Story
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