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No We Don't Need to Live With Infection

A recent column by John Dix in Network World paints a rather depressing picture of the state of the Internet when it comes to malware. Mr Dix points out that there are millions of compromised computers (bots) out there and that while network security people can block some of the worst there are a lot that they cannot block because these other threats are quiet enough to not be detected by current IPS/IDS etc. devices. His essential claim is that we just have to assume that every network is penetrated and/or vulnerable to penetration by cyber-criminals. The article quotes various security professionals as stating that the dangerous bot attacks are stealthy and slow moving with the attack gradually building up to its most serious level over a period of days or even weeks.

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