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Malware Assault Against Dow Jones Possibly by Layoffs

Dow Jones an organization that leads in business information and other news globally has been recently fighting to eliminate the stubborn PC-worm namely "Pink Slip." Speculations are rife that the attack was possible since the company had been victimized with sabotage by certain layoffs. Adweek.com reported this on May 20, 2011.

Striking on May 12, 2011, the infection's period was threatening since a total of 34 employees whom IAPE (Independent Association of Publishers' Employees) represented contracted pink slips some days prior to May 12.

Said one Dow Jones employee, everyone was saying that someone thinking the worm would go away currently left it unattended. Bitdefender.com reported this on May 24, 2011.

An investigation nevertheless, is on to determine how the malware contamination occurred.

President of IAPE Steve Yount while remarking about the assault stated that he perceived the complex nature of the worm as enough to not let itself be loaded as well as get active during the same length-of-time. Adweek.com published this.

Spokesperson Tim Martell for IAPE said that Dow Jones hadn't notified the union if there was an ex-employee or an existing one whom it suspected to be behind the infection. He added that there was no means for determining if 'pink slip' happened to be a mere coincidence or otherwise. Eweekeurope.co.uk published this on May 24, 2011.

Remarking about what happened at Dow Jones, Network Security Provider Venafi stated that organizations mustn't put aside chances of intentional damage by ill-intended inmates.

Meanwhile, assertions by Dow Jones are substantiated with the results from a poll covering 500 IT security experts from April 2011-held InfoSecurity Europe Conference. During that poll, 36% of respondents stated that they'd the potentiality to hold the PC-network of their employer captive even if they'd quit the company. Another 31% stated that they had the potentiality to take away with them the security codes at the time of quitting as also still gain admission into the organization's confidential data remotely.

Moreover as per CEO Jeff Hudson of Venafi, it's surprising the way the poll shows IT departments as enjoying more convenient access to confidential data. Eweekeurope.co.uk published this.

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