Viruses and malicious code attacks have become a fact of life for the modern business. According to the Global Information Security Survey, the vast majority of businesses across the world consider security breaches and attacks as more of a threat to their businesses in 2004 than they were in 2003.
Some 81 per cent of businesses in Europe, and 83 per cent of those in North America, see viruses and other malicious code attacks as an increasing problem.
At present the exploit development community (hackers and security professionals alike) is more sentient than ever before. The timeline between the release of an advisory and the development of an exploit has shrunk to a great extent. Exploit development, which was considered more of Wiccan art, has reached large masses. The network security administrator needs to be more vigilant then ever before as the enemy is always one step ahead with the latest exploit in his hand.
Developers at the open-source Mozilla Foundation have confirmed that the latest version of their Web browsers have a security flaw that could allows attackers to run existing programs on the Windows XP operating system.
The flaw, known as the "shell" exploit, was publicized Wednesday on a security mailing list, along with a link to a fix for the problem. Updated versions of the affected software programs, which include the Mozilla, Firefox and Thunderbird browsers, have been released.
P2P is a concern to any organisation, but on a more critical level it is also illegal.
Downloading pirate material not only infringes on existing copyright laws but, since March this year, it is a breach of the European Union Directive on the Enforcement of Intellectual Property.
This recently created intellectual property legislation makes US digital media rights laws pale in comparison. Under the European directive, counterfeiters and pirates will be prosecuted, facing fines and other civil penalties for breaching intellectual property rights.