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Viruses and DDoS attacks flood UK firms

Virus-related losses increased by 25 percent over the past year, according to a survey to be published by the DTI. Half of UK businesses fell victim to either a virus or distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in the past year, a 25 percent increase on the year before, according to latest research carried out on behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry. The DTI’s biennial Information Security Breaches Survey was conducted by a consortium of companies including PricewaterhouseCoopers. The figures were compiled from around 1,000 telephone interviews and the full results will be published during the InfoSecurity Europe conference in London on 27 April. Although most companies protect themselves against virus attacks, a significant proportion still do not use an antivirus product. According to the survey, 93 percent of smaller companies and 99 percent of large companies use antivirus software, which means around one in 14 small companies and one in 100 large firms have no specialist protection against viruses. Full Story

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