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Return of the Native

Back to London then but I have to leave my favourite piece of art behind, discovered while windows shopping in the town. I'm not sure my wife would quite understand my new taste in art.

Bye bye Vence or should I say adieu to the ghosts of 2001.



The consensus of opinion from this 'Thought Leadership in Security' conference is that while patching and good processes in combination will fend-off most threats, Microsoft's patching process is going to have to improve beyond recognition. As an example and having fixed my sick laptop at last, today I had to download 32 Mb of 'Critical' security updates from Microsoft.com from the Unisys centre. To download and install over a fast broadband connection took me over an hour. Over a dial-up connection this would be impractical if not impossible and illustrates the size of the problem facing both Microsoft and its customers.

The recent MSBlast worm that hit companies in August and September likely infected more than a million computers. From the time information about the vulnerability was released to the start of the attack, companies had 26 days to patch their systems. The opportunity to respond is decreasing, according to a recent study from Symantec..

as blended threats--are becoming the attack of choice among Internet vandals. Such threats often exploit several different flaws to increase the chance of infecting a computer system. The number of attacks that could be classified as a blended threat in the first half of 2003 was 20 percent higher than in the previous six months, according to the report.

Moreover, threats are increasingly targeting specific goals, Symantec found. Bugbear.B, which started spreading in June, targeted certain financial institutions with attacks that stole confidential information and passwords (though it's not known how effective those attacks were). The SoBig family of viruses are designed to aid spammers by allowing bulk e-mailers to use home computers infected by the virus as relay points for sending mass quantities of e-mail.

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