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  1. Computer viruses hit one million

    Computer viruses hit one million



    The number of viruses, worms and trojans in circulation has topped the one
    million mark.

    The new high for malicious programs was revealed by security firm Symantec
    in the latest edition of its bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report.

    The vast majority of these programs have been created in the last twelve
    months, said Symantec.



    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7340315.stm



  2. Re: Computer viruses hit one million

    On Thu, 10 Apr 2008 15:16:24 +0100, Cork Soaker wrote:

    > Computer viruses hit one million
    >
    > The number of viruses, worms and trojans in circulation has topped the one
    > million mark.
    >
    > The new high for malicious programs was revealed by security firm Symantec
    > in the latest edition of its bi-annual Internet Security Threat Report.
    >
    > The vast majority of these programs have been created in the last twelve
    > months, said Symantec.
    >
    > http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7340315.stm


    Most of those are booby-trapped websites.

    But all this is a direct reflection of the weakness of the laws and
    prosecutions involved.

    For example, in this article

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7256501.stm

    linked to by the above article, a teenager who took over hundreds of
    thousands of computers from the US was allowed to plead guilty to a
    "delinquency" charge, not grand larceny, and not the proper charge which
    would include a count for every system compromised.

    Furthermore, manufacturers and retailers who vend completely unsecured
    systems aren't touched by the laws at all (systems should always be locked
    down to the max from the first, and the user liable for his insecure
    practices thereafter).

    And those who deliberately launch malwares intended to or which in the
    course of their maximal successful function must jam the Internet-- worms
    and spam-floods and Distributed Denial of Service attacks (something like
    ninety percent of all email traffic is spam, and about five percent of all
    Internet traffic is email spam and IRC DDOS attacks)-- should be tried
    before International Military Tribunals, under military law, as having
    deliberately launched international communication-jamming military attacks
    against the information infrastructure of the planet.

    But none of that's going to happen-- there's not going to be any serious
    addressing of the problem-- and so the above is only going to get worse.

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