Virus writers hit home PCs as companies get tough

    Date27 Sep 2004
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    3804
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Virus writers are increasingly targeting poorly protected home PCs because company defences are proving too much of a challenge.< . . . Virus writers are increasingly targeting poorly protected home PCs because company defences are proving too much of a challenge.

    Vincent Gullotto, vice president of the Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team (Avert) at security company McAfee, said recent attacks have ignored corporate networks and aimed for the home user instead.


    "The [corporate] perimeter is no place for success these days [and] 80 per cent of virus submissions now come from home users," he said.

    "When a home PC is bought, the software on there is usually three months old and needs updating - but many users don't realise this."

    Microsoft's Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) might help with this, he added, but with the slow pace of updates it could take six to nine months before it really has an effect.

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