“Since early 2003, wave after wave of infectious programs have begun to saturate the Internet, causing the number of [Windows] PCs hijacked by hackers and turned into so-called zombies to soar into the millions – mostly in homes,… at small businesses and on college campuses. And, much like zombies of voodoo legend, they mindlessly do the bidding of their masters and help commit crimes online,” Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz report for USA Today.
“Personal computers have never been more powerful – and dangerous. Just as millions of Americans are buying new PCs and signing up for ultrafast Internet connections, cybercrooks are stepping up schemes to take control of their machines – and most consumers don’t have a clue,” Acohido and Swartz report. “‘We thought things were bad in 2003, but we’ve seen a sharp uptick in 2004. I’m worried things will get much worse,’ says Ed Skoudis, co-founder of consulting firm Intelguardians.”
“The scariest type of attack is one most consumers aren’t aware of. Scores of sophisticated programs, called worms and bots, continually scour the Internet for Windows PCs with security holes. There are hundreds of Windows vulnerabilities, and new ones turn up regularly. Microsoft issues software patches, or fixes, each month for the most troublesome. But most home users, and many businesses, don’t keep up to date on patches,” Acohido and Swartz report.
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: A Windows PC can be such a royal waste of time and effort! As we’re fond of saying, if you’re finally tired of downloading and installing patches to patch patches that patched patches issued to fix patches that broke while patching a patch that didn’t patch the first patch, but broke the last patch you patched, you might want to try a Mac instead. More information about adding a Mac OS X machine to your computing arsenal here.
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