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SJ Mercury/Reuters: Software industry blasted for security lapses

Mar 09, 2000, 18:37 (0 Talkback[s])

"A top U.S. cyber security expert blasted software developers on Thursday for marketing flawed products that he said boosted the Internet's vulnerability to high-tech hacker attacks."

" 'There is little evidence of improvement in the security features of most products,' said Rich Pethia, director of a federally funded computer emergency response operation at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. 'Developers are not devoting sufficient effort to apply lessons learned about the sources of vulnerabilities.' "

"He said his organization, which responded to more than 8,000 computer security incidents last year, up from 132 in its first full year of operation 10 years earlier, had found the same types of security defects in newer versions of products as in earlier ones."

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