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Rise in number of Internet attacks
ISS says rate of breaches accelerating

Atlanta (pte045/08.04.2003/17:33) - The number of security breaches in the Internet rose dramatically in the first quarter of 2003, says a new study by the security firm Internet Security Systems (ISS) .

In its report "Internet Risk Impact Summary", ISS states that over 106.57 million security-related incidents were registered in the past three months - up to ten times as many as in the three months before. At the same time, ISS identified 2,551 attacks over the Internet, signalling a rise of 36.6 per cent compared to the last quarter of 2002.

The report was compiled by X-Force, an ISS research department . The dramatic general increase in security-related incidents (such as scans of company networks to find weaknesses) has been attributed to the higher number of viruses and combined attacks. Chris Rouland, director of X-Force, said the great increase in security-related incidents and worms created a challenge for security experts and IT administrators.

In the same period, ISS recorded 606 new security gaps in its databank. Of these, 156 were labelled highly dangerous, 341 dangerous, and 109 only mildly dangerous. This was slightly less than during the last quarter of 2002, when ISS recorded 644 security gaps.

X-Force workers have observed that hackers have been speeding up their attacks. A so-called "zero day attack" was for example discovered in the WebDAV security gap in Microsoft's Internet Information Server. The X-Force report is available at .

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