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Worms will be $245 million worth for ISP in the USA

Date: March 09, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Dmitri Kramarenko

Experts of Sandvine company that is engaged in P2P (point-to-point) networks maintenance consider that expenses of American Internet service providers (ISP) on fighting computer viruses make up $245 million. This year's cost of fighting computer viruses will reach $ 370 million across the globe.

This sum includes costs of creating special antivirus units and client's support resources. Besides experts predict losses led by probable outflow of clients caused by negative opinion about providers' services.

According to Sandvine estimations, average weekly traffic of malware makes up 2-12% of total data transmission. Segment of such programs reaches 5% even in quite safe networks.

Providers should take into account losses related to consequences of previous virus epidemics and numerous DOS attacks besides patent damage caused by Slammer, Sobig and Mydoom viruses.

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