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VNU Net: Still losing against an unseen enemy; Top 10 network vulnerabilities

Dec 12, 2000, 15:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Middleton)

"Although Christmas festivities are fast approaching, before network managers relax too much it would be wise to apply the latest Bind patches to DNS servers and lock down CGI access on your web servers. The word on the lips of security experts is that network managers have more to contend with this Christmas than Santa's elves, as a multitude of advisories recommend that hatches be battened down against Smurfs and Zombies."

"A warning from Internet Security Systems (ISS) X-Force, states that hundreds of computers are already infected with 'zombie' agents. These can be used by hackers to commandeer the machines and cripple servers by flooding sites with a huge number of spurious requests, in a repeat of February's massive attack on ebusinesses."

"In general, network managers haven't faced any new threats over the last year. The Sans Institute's "top 10 reasons for security breaches" has remained unchanged for the last few years."

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