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May 2004

Exploring additional technologies to support antivirus scanning

The best time to address a virus infection is when you don't have a virus. Roy Mellinger Director of Information Security, Sallie Mae An alert loan agent at SLM Corp.--better known as Sallie Mae, the college loan company--reported a suspicious e-mail as she was closing up for the day. She had spotted one of the earliest instances of the MyDoom.G worm. This interrupted the dinner plans of Mark Houpt, Sallie Mae's technical security team leader."It didn't even have a name yet," Houpt says. Worse, there was no AV signature for the variant. Houpt ended up sleeping on the floor of Sallie Mae's Indiana data center waiting for Computer Associates to release new definitions (which arrived around 3 a.m.). New variants of MyDoom, Bagle and Netsky have been spotted daily--sometimes several times a day--since they first appeared in the opening months of 2004. Estimates place February as the worst month on record for malware because of these rapid and voluminous outbreaks. Roy Mellinger, Sallie Mae's director of information security, was on ...

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