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ATLANTA – A particularly troubling appearance over the holiday season was the Santy worm, which quickly infected more than 40,000 Web sites before it was slowed down, according to SecureWorks analysts. The attacks, which were spread by Google searches for vulnerable chat and bulletin board locations, reached up to 1.2 million a day in December on credit union sites alone, according to the keepers of the gates at the Atlanta-based Internet security firm. Unprotected Web sites were defaced by the attacks.

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