CUPERTINO, Calif. - July 20, 2001- Symantec Corp., a world leader in Internet security, today announced the first comprehensive solution to combat the CodeRed computer worm that exploits a known vulnerability (buffer overflow) in Microsoft’s Index Server. Using a known vulnerability, CodeRed unleashes a worm that launches a denial-of-service attack and defaces Web sites. It also implements traditional worm payload activities such as replicating to infect as many systems as possible. Visit www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/codered.worm.html for detailed information on the worm.
"More and more predators are leveraging virus and hacking techniques to break into PCs or to shut down Web sites – techniques such as those used in the unsuccessful denial-of-service attacked on the White House Web site yesterday," said Rob Clyde, vice president and CTO of Symantec. "Since attacks are becoming more sophisticated and targeted, corporations need to be using solutions that protect network systems at all points of entry. Consumers are also vulnerable to such attacks and should ensure their home computer systems are updated with the latest security solutions."\
Symantec is the only Internet security solutions provider to offer comprehensive global 24/7 protection against integrated threats, including the CodeRed attack:
Symantec, a world leader in Internet security technology, provides a broad range of content and network security solutions to individuals and enterprises. The company is a leading provider of virus protection, firewall and virtual private network, vulnerability management, intrusion detection, Internet content and e-mail filtering, remote management technologies and security services to enterprises around the world. Symantec's Norton brand of consumer security products leads the market in worldwide retail sales and industry awards. Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Symantec has worldwide operations in 37 countries. For more information, please visit www.symantec.com.
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