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While there has been no validated loss of a credit card in transit in the five years of commerce on the Internet, there have been several widely publicized thefts of credit cards from Web commerce sites where they were stored. One case involved the theft of 100,000 credit card numbers, and unsuccessful attempt to sell those to an undercover FBI agent. Theft of credit cards from servers is just one case in which e-commerce sites have been attacked. The denial-of-service attacks launched against Yahoo, eBay, and Amazon earlier this year caused combined losses to e-commerce sites of hundreds of millions of dollars. The third area of attack, email viruses (worms) have caused over a billion dollars worth of damage in the last two major attacks alone.

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