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Zero Day virus attacks?

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Question:  I've been hearing about "Zero Day" virus attacks, but I'm not familiar with the term "Zero Day".  What is the definition of Zero Day, and how does it apply to Oracle virus attacks?

Answer: The term "Zero Day" is defined as a timed attack that takes place within a short time span, usually less than one day (hence the term "zero day").  Zero day attacks are carefully orchestrated to do the maximum damage in one day because traditional anti-virus tools (software patches, Norton antivirus) does not have enough time to react.

In 2006 we see the term "Zero Day Wednesday", referring to the practice of cyber criminals issuing their attacks on a Wednesday, immediately after Microsoft releases their critical patch update (CPU). (The second Tuesday of each month).

Zero day attacks are not always viruses, and they take the form of other malware such as worms or Trojan horses, many originating from China, who has been increasing targeting the USA with cyber attacks, some say in prelude to a full-scale war.

For Oracle, much of the "zero day" scare originate from so-called "security assessment" companies, who have a financial interest in the publicity from announcing a zero day exploit, no matter how unlikely.  In this article we see that many Oracle zero day flaws are false positives.

The bad guys are also facing more risk from their zero day exploits, with The USA Cyber Security Enhance Act recommending life in prison, while some worm authors are being sentenced to more than a decade in prison.

 

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