[ISN] Computer virus attacks 'to peak next Monday'

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2008 01:09:19 -0600 (CST)

By Bobbie Johnson
technology correspondent 
November 17 2008

Internet users are being warned to stay vigilant by researchers who 
believe that next Monday could be the worst day the year for computer 

After analysing information on viruses and internet worms taken from 
more than 500,000 machines around the world, security experts at PC 
Tools have pinpointed November 24 as the potential peak of malicious 
software activity for 2008.

Data from 2007 showed that the high point of action from viruses, worms 
and other internet-based attacks came three days before America's 
Thanksgiving holiday, leading them to suggest that the same day could 
prove the bleakest 24 hours of this year.

The company says the increase in virus activity could be the result of 
internet shopping in the run-up to Christmas, as millions of users begin 
going online to purchase gifts for their friends and family.


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