It's time to tackle threats to the Net

Friday, 12 September 2003, 11:23 AM EST

Even an Internet cheerleader like me had to pause when confronted with recent events online. The Sobig virus last month slowed down tens of millions of Internet users. Meanwhile the Viagra e-mails keep coming, no matter, it seems, what spam controls our employers put in. It's getting worse than tedious to have to spend so much time deleting the garbage. With threats such as these certain to get worse, could routine use of the Internet be at risk? I confess I've been worried.

The Sobig attack again demonstrated how important it is that we get a grip on the dual scourge of spam and viruses. The huge hullabaloo surrounding the virus just goes to show how seriously people now take the Internet—that, putting on my rose-colored glasses, can be seen as a good thing. Sobig merely made it hard to send and receive e-mail or (in companies like ours) to surf the web.

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