Security specialists blame faulty software

Thursday, 22 August 2002, 1:24 AM EST

Almost a year after Sept. 11, the United States is growing more vulnerable by the hour to cyber attacks.

"Between 7,000 and 10,000 computers are being installed to the Internet, with known vulnerabilities, as we speak," said Allan Paller, director of the SANS Institute for Internet security training. "Between 2,000 and 3,000 programs are running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, seeking out computers with vulnerabilities to install Trojan horses for future attacks."

One reason for this rises over all others: bad software.

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