[Dshield] [Off topic] Security history

Erwin Van de Velde erwin.vandevelde at ua.ac.be
Mon Mar 15 20:02:43 GMT 2004


I haven't said much on this list lately, but I'm still very busy writing my 
master thesis. Now, I'm looking for some history background of network 
security to start my thesis with (so I can claim that I have done something 
useful ;-)). I have found some general information with ancient (1970-1990) 
attacks, but I'm also interested in more recent attacks, preferably with some 
numbers too: How many computers were infected, damage caused, ... So I could 
demonstrate the rise in attacks. I already found some numbers on www.cert.org 
too, but I didn't find them for some examples in particular like 'I love 
you'-bug, sqlslammer, blaster or so.

I was wondering if someone knows where I can find that.
Johannes, do you have some information about recent viruses (2001-now)? Like 
number of infections, how fast that dshield found out about them, ...

The more the better I should say, allthough it is only an introduction, so 50 
pages is perhaps a little to much :-)

Thanks in advance!
Erwin Van de Velde
Student of University of Antwerp

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