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Viruses, DDoS, and Internet Security

Computer viruses are not new to the Web. The Internet worm in 1987 shut down a significant percentage of government sites. More recently, two computer viruses that propagated through email caused over a billion dollars in damage to companies whose email systems and networks were partially disabled by the rapidly propagating virus. As such, computer viruses represent a security risk to e-commerce, as they can disable the entire technical e-commerce infrastructure. The distributed denial-of-service attacks in early 2000 halted commerce at Amazon.com, eBay, and Yahoo. In a 1998 survey, over 80% of Fortune 5000 firms reported break-ins into corporate networks that caused at least $1 million in damage. Internet security is now a $14 billion dollar industry.

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