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Pace of new online threats picks up

New worms are becoming more efficient and the window between exposure of a vulnerability and the appearance of an exploit is shrinking, according to the latest Internet Security Threat Report from Symantec Corp. of Cupertino, Calif. “Things are becoming faster,” said Alfred Huger, senior director of development for Symantec Security Response. “The people who are designing worms are learning from their mistakes.” But the threat from worms and viruses that long ago passed out of the headlines, such as Code Red and Nimda, remains. “Once one of these things get released in the wild, they stay in the wild,” Huger said. These are among the findings of Symantec’s fourth semiannual security report, released today. It compares security data from the first six months of 2003 with the same period from last year. The information comes from an analysis of 30 terabytes of data culled from Symantec’s security operations center in Alexandria, Va., and from its DeepSight Threat Management System, which monitors data from firewalls and intrusion detection systems installed around the world. Full Story

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