The Internet Is Not Melting Down

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Some of Symantec’s enterprise security customers got a surprise Friday night when they received an alarming warning that an unprecedented Internet security event was underway. The e-mail alert warned that Symantec’s DeepSight threat level had been raised from level 1 to level 4. The gauge had never before exceeded Level 3, which it last attained during the Sasser worm attack in May 2004.

It turned out to be a false alarm generated by a system test. “The DeepSight Threat Management System is NOT at ThreatCon 4,” Symantec said in a follow-up email an hour later. “At 18:40 MST on September 21, 2007 an erroneous ThreatCon 4 update was issued through DeepSight TMS due to product testing. This ThreatCon 4 update should be disregarded.” As Emily Litella might say, “”Oh, that’s very different… Never mind!”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.