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10 Security Threats That Came And Went

Think LulzSec and Anonymous will be around forever? We're here to provide a different perspective with a few "undefeatable" threats that have gone the way of the dodo.

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Melissa Virus

Named for a lap dancer in Florida, Melissa chartered new territory as one of the first and most effective mass mailer viruses, setting a new precedent for e-mail as a mainstream attack vector.

And as one of the most prolific mass mailer viruses, Melissa propagated via Microsoft Word documents in 1999 and mailed itself to the Outlook contacts of the compromised users, effectively shutting down numerous Internet mail systems. While not originally designed with malicious intent, the virus caused problems by overloaded servers, forcing them to choke.

Melissa’s successful rampage also paved the way for scads of copycats using e-mail to distribute everything from scams to malicious code.

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