Counting the cost of a worst-case worm

Thursday, 29 July 2004, 11:56 AM EST

Estimating the damage that serious worm infections cost businesses is a tough job, and in the past some puzzling figures have emerged.

That's why a recent analysis by academics Nicholas Weaver and Vern Paxson, members of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI), is worth attention.

Weaver and Paxson estimate that a sophisticated - and hypothetical - 'worst-case worm' attack, targeted specifically at the US and designed for maximum economic impact, would cause $50bn in damage.

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