Software "time-bombs" could already have been planted by some of the less reputable staff employed on Y2K projects, according to Network security company CenturyCom which has just launched a rapid response service to deal with "Millennium hackers."Primarily as an add-on for its regular clients, CenturyCom will operate a 24-hour service over the holiday period to deal with any security problems that do materialise. Announcing the formation of a Millennium SWAT team, MD Clive McCafferty warned: "Most companies will be worried about data loss and system failures at this time, but few realise the danger they could be in from hostile elements." Another security specialist, Wick Hill, is publicising the possibility of "Millennium viruses". The Millennium period appeals to virus writers because of the lure of notoriety and because the effects of a virus could be mistaken for those of a Millennium problem, maximising the virus's opportunity to do damage before being detected. As a safeguard, Wick Hill is recommending a product called Norman Virus Control. It incorporates "heuristic" technology allowing virus-like activity to be spotted and dealt with, even if the virus is new and therefore not specifically known to the package.
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