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Security Threats Outpace Net Usage Growth

Internet security breaches and fraud attempts have outpaced the “impressive” growth of Internet usage with the U.S. being the biggest target by attackers, according to statistics released by Verisign (Quote, Chart). Verisign, which markets digital commerce and communication products and services to enterprise clients, reported that the number of security events per device it managed increased by nearly 99 percent between May and August of 2003. According to the company’s Internet Security Intelligence Briefing report for October, the 51 percent year-over-year growth in Internet usage has been outpaced security and fraud threats, which are increasing both in number and complexity. “From a geographical perspective, the United States continued to be the leading source, accounting for nearly 81 percent of security events,” Verisign said. The Mountain View, Calif.-based firm painted a glowing picture of Web usage, reporting that DNS resolutions grew by more than 50 percent between August 2002 and August 2003. Verisign said DNS resolutions for e-mail jumped a whopping 245 percent in the same period. Full Story

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