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Nimda Worm Biggest Driver Of Security Over Past Year
Nimda first surfaced on Sept. 18 last year and was among the first major viruses to target both servers and client computers. It combined features from previous threats and propagated not just via e-mail attachments, but also through shared files on servers. It also exploited Web pages containing Java scripts.
"Nimda heightened awareness, unfortunately at a very high cost," said Kim Milford, information security manager at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For example, the virus showed that "filtering at the e-mail gateway or on the desktop alone wasn't the Holy Grail that we security folks are always seeking," Milford said.
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