Giving a "worm" welcome: the financial sector's move to open source security products

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In January 2003, "Bank of America" was the most prominent victim of the aggressive "Slammer" computer virus that Richard Clarke, the former top adviser to President George W. Bush on cybersecurity, simply called "a dumb worm".

Virtually over night, "Slammer" shut down 13,000 ATMs in the land of opportunities. Bank of America ATMs ceased to spit out cash and customers were unable to withdraw a single buck. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce ATMs were also knocked offline. Within minutes, the "Slammer" virus had both ...

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