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More Security Attacks Motivated By Greed, Symantec Reports

There’s good news and bad news on the security front. Internet security company Symantec Corp. on Monday released its Internet Security Threat Report, which provides a six-month snapshot of security events the vendor monitored for the first six months of 2004. The report is derived from the monitoring of 20,000 security devices, such as intrusion-detection systems and firewalls, in 180 countries, from Symantec’s managed-security-services and DeepSight Threat Management System clients. First the good news: The report shows an overall decline in the average daily volume of attacks. For the period of July through December 2003, Symantec calculated a daily attack rate of 12.6. From January through June 2004, the daily attack rate was 10.6. Symantec attributes the drop to a decline in Internet-based worm attacks during the first half of this year compared with other periods. Full Story

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