Abnormal conditions associated with the millennium bug - and anti-bug provisions - could provide camouflage for hackers and other security breaches, companies have been warned. 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 security problems that materialise. Announcing the formation of a millennium SWAT team, MD Clive McCafferty warned: 'Most will be worried about data loss and system failures, but few realise the danger from hostile elements.' Another security specialist, Wick Hill, is publicising the possible 'millennium viruses'. The millennium appeals to virus writers because of the lure of notoriety and the effects of a virus could be mistaken for a millennium problem, maximising opportunities to do damage before 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 not known to the package.
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