Friday, August 19, 2005

Computer virus writers moving faster with attacks "SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - U.S. media companies and other corporations hit by a wave of computer viruses this week said business was back to normal on Wednesday, but analysts warned the attacks showed hackers have gained a dangerous advantage in speed in the battle over network security.
ABC news writers resorted to typewriters to prepare copy for the 'World News Tonight' broadcast on Tuesday, as the network and other media companies, including The New York Times, reported disruptions. CNN broke into programming with descriptions of its problems.
'Our systems are now working and our Web site is updated,' said Jeffrey Schneider, a spokesman at ABC.
Although damage was seen limited to several thousand computers, security analysts said the events showed malicious code writers are accelerating the development of viruses as soon as weaknesses become apparent."

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