Hackers sharpening their byte

Friday, 12 November 2004, 8:42 AM EST

It's not just computers and IT systems that are getting faster by the nanosecond, says a leading information security expert. Computer hackers are getting far more efficient at their trade as well, says Stuart McClure, senior vice-president of risk management and product development for information security firm Foundstone, a division of McAfee Inc.

McClure says the gap between the time a vulnerability -- a programming flaw in a piece of software -- is made public and the time it takes a hacker to create a worm or virus that exploits the flaw is decreasing every year.

By Dave Pizer at Canoe.

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