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The Standard: FBI, DOJ Issue List of Worst Net Threats

Jun 01, 2000, 19:14 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elinor Abreu)

"Not surprisingly, at the top of that list is opening unsolicited e-mail attachments without verifying their source or checking their content. Apparently, people haven't yet learned the security lessons of the "ILoveYou" virus, as messages containing the virus are still being sent - nearly a month after it was unleashed - causing an estimated $6.7 billion worth in damage."

"No. 2 on the list is failing to install security patches, especially for Microsoft (MSFT) Office, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Netscape browsers. Installing screen savers or games from unknown sources is next, followed by not making and testing backups, and then using a modem while connected through a local area network."

"The Unix and Linux platforms, which abound in universities and other large organizations, were found to be the most frequently affected by vulnerabilities. But several security holes were found to be indiscriminate of the various systems, network devices and Web servers in use."

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