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Security Worries for 2004

For computer security experts, 2003 started with the Slammer Internet worm and went downhill from there. The year, which included four major worm and virus outbreaks in August alone, has been labeled the “year of the worm” and “the worst year ever” by more than one computer security expert. All that activity meant good news for antivirus software companies such as Symantec. It was bad news for organizations of all kinds, which expended precious resources disinfecting everything from desktop workstations to airline reservation systems and ATM networks that were hobbled by virus outbreaks. Will 2004 bring more of the same, or will it be remembered as the year in which Internet users “took back the streets” from virus writers, malicious hackers, and spammers? A little bit of both, say corporate security experts and computer virus specialists. No Relief in Sight When it comes to computer viruses and worms, Internet users will not see any letup in virus outbreaks in 2004. This is despite high-profile prosecutions of some virus authors and a Microsoft bounty on the head of the original authors of the Blaster and Sobig viruses, according to Chris Belthoff, senior security analyst at Sophos. Full Story

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