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Danger on the Net?

A TCP/IP "hole" could allow hackers to instigate denial of service-like attacks, CERT says, but experts discount unrelated news of a "cyberterrorist" virus.

A "hole" in TCP/IP, the Net's underlying language, could allow hackers to break into systems and damage targeted Web sites, according to CERT, which yesterday issued an advisory about the security concern. Most systems are not vulnerable, however. Separately, Network Associates yesterday dramatically announced it had identified a new family of computer viruses--the first example, it claimed, of "cyberterrorism"--but victim MCI WorldCom and analysts downplayed the incident.

TCP/IP "hole" leads to alert
A "hole" in the Net's underlying language allows hackers to break into systems and cause an array of damage to targeted Web sites, CERT says.

CERT downplays virus attack
The computer security clearinghouse said the "Remote Server" virus hasn't been found on any systems outside MCI WorldCom.

Analysts question "cyberterrorism" hype
news analysis Security analysts divide over how threatening the new virus is, noting that Network Associates had reason to exaggerate the threat, just as MCI WorldCom had reason to downplay it.

Virus hits MCI WorldCom systems
update Security firm Network Associates calls the "Remote Explorer" virus an act of "cyberterrorism," but MCI WorldCom says it's no big deal.