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Big Internet Hole Found

A new security vulnerability that could affect large parts of the Internet as well as business networks was identified by the Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Division and the U.K.'s National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre. The flaw involves the ubiquitous Transmission Control Protocol, used for Internet traffic, the two groups warned last week. Hackers could use the "TCP injection vulnerability" to disrupt systems that rely on the Border Gateway Protocol, a widely used routing protocol, to launch denial-of-service attacks that, according to the Homeland Security advisory, would affect "a large segment of the Internet community."

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