Hacker hit parade goes live

Wednesday, 6 August 2003, 9:52 AM EST

Security firm Qualys has begun producing a real-time index of the vulnerabilities that are the current favourites of the net's community of malicious hackers.

The index is created by scanning some of the thousands of networks that make up the internet and logging which vulnerabilities are getting attention.

The index comes as the net braces itself for a possible attack based around a recently discovered vulnerability in Microsoft's Windows.

Many of the biggest security problems that the net has faced over the past few years have been based around computer vandals exploiting vulnerabilities in computer software to take over machines or use them as proxies for other types of attacks or as launch pads for web worms.

Lists of the latest vulnerabilities and what to do about them are maintained by organisations such as Incidents.org, the Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert) and Bugtraq among others.

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