Saman Amarasinghe

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Even in the best of times, security products that aim to thwart worms are playing catch-up. Anti-virus and anti-malware products are populated with signatures created for attack specific signatures, which are created and distributed only after an attack is underway. Internet worms propagate too quickly for such reactive solutions to be effective. This is a major problem in maintaining information security as well as providing business continuity for many organizations. In the "good old days" worm creation was literally a mischievous playground for young hackers to show off their skills. Unfortunately, worms today are part of the criminal syndicate. Worms are used in a high-stake, high-tech version of the neighborhood shakedown. Enterprises dependent on Internet commerce are extorted by threats of distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks. To pull off DDOS attack... (more)