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Half of UK firms hit by viruses last year

Infection rates soar as companies fail to update antivirus software. Half of UK businesses were hit by viruses in the past year, according to the initial findings of the Department of Trade and Industry’s biennial Information Security survey. This figure rises to 68 per cent among larger companies, which suffered most damage from the Blaster worm designed to launch a denial of service attack against Microsoft. Chris Potter, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which is conducting the survey for the DTI, explained that Blaster had proved costly and difficult to eradicate in large networks. The worm was less effective within smaller firms, but attachment-based viruses like Bugbear had hit harder in this group. One reason for this was the lower level of staff training in safe computing. Full Story

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