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The Price of Worms

How damaging are worms? Very, says Sandvine Inc, a Canada based Internet security company. It says that the main damage is on ISPs who lose bandwidth to them, and face daily Denial of Service attacks. “In fact,” Sandvine says in one new report (PDF, registration required), ”Internet worms and the malicious, malformed data traffic they generate are wreaking havoc on European service provider networks of all sizes, degrading the broadband experience for residential subscribers and imposing hundreds of millions in unplanned hard costs directly related to thwarting attacks.” Worms, Sandvine says, consume “massive amounts of bandwidth as they replicate. And depending on the number of vulnerableContinue readingThe Price of Worms

The Trojan Spammer: You

You, my friend, may be the problem. Further to my earlier posting about worms, here’s another piece from Sandvine (actually today, I think: This was the one I was looking for originally. So far it’s not on their website): It looks at how spam trojans — the bits dropped on board a PC by the worms mentioned earlier — are causing huge headaches, since they are turning home computers into the infrastructure through which most spam is sent. That means you. “Spam trojans,” Sandvine says, ”are likely responsible for up to 80% of all spam.” I’ve heard even higher figures. Sandvine goes on: “What used toContinue readingThe Trojan Spammer: You

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