An article from Friday’s NY Times underscores concerns about the increasing virulence of Internet malware. “Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe on Your PC” opens with this sentence: “Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it.” It follows with sobering data:
- Data theft, credit card fraud, and Internet scams are estimated to cost $100 billion a year;
- The number of online computers infected by malevolent botnets is expected to increase from 10% to 15% next year;
- A survey of 36 commercial antivirus products showed that they could identify fewer than 50% of the newest malicious programs;
- “Microsoft has monitored a 43 percent jump in malware removed from Windows computers just in the last half year.”
If these facts are not depressing enough then read the whole article.