November 30, 2003

Worms Turn on Military Networks

The alleged weak security measures in Microsoft products and the companyâs near-monopoly over key software markets drew the ire of a group of security professionals, who in September released a Computer and Communications Industry Association (CCIA) report entitled âCyberInsecurity: The Cost of Monopoly.â

âMicrosoft has very usable, functional software, which is why their software is so widely adopted worldwide,â said Ken Dunham, malicious code intelligence manager for iDefense, a cyber security firm based in Reston, VA. âThis has led to a dangerous situation: a large body of computers all using the same types of software, vulnerable to the same types of attacks, all connected to one another through the Internet.â

Dunham predicted that military networks would see more of this problem as they move to standardize on Microsoft products. The infection of the NMCI demonstrates the situation, he contended.

Link: Military Information Technology

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