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Worm, Virus Threat Grows

In the future, some worm will take “the vast majority of Internet connectivity down for a day or two,” predicts Ed Skoudis, a security expert with International Network Services. “The attackers haven’t even unleashed the big guns yet. The worms we’re seeing are damaging, but nothing as nasty as they could write.” The University of Toronto has invested heavily in antivirus software and firewalls so it can safely use the Internet — as have many companies and institutions. But a rash of worms and viruses in the past two weeks underscored just how vulnerable Web users remain to virulent Web attacks. UT’s tech staff scrambled for two days to sanitize hundreds of PCs infected with the Blaster worm, only to lose electricity during the East Coast power outage. Not long after power was restored, UT got hit by the SoBig.F e-mail virus. “This is the worst I’ve seen,” says David Sutherland, the university’s technology manager. Full Story

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