Viruses plague British businesses

Computer viruses are the single biggest cause of security problems for UK businesses, a survey by the Department of Trade and Industry shows.

The study found almost 50% of the biggest security breaches suffered by companies in the last two years were due to infection by malicious programs.

In some cases viruses crippled key systems such as e-mail for more than a day while companies cleaned up.

It also found that the worst outbreaks can take up to 50 days to fix.


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