Today’s bad guys on the web jeopardize on-line shopping, bank accounts . . . even national security.
A good estimate of the cost of cyber-crime is over 1 trillion dollars a year.
Has your computer ever been infected by a virus and slowed to a crawl? Maybe it had become a member of a botnet and was busily sending spam or participating in a denial of service attack on a website, under the control of someone on the other side of the globe.
Today I listened to a fascinating discussion of Internet-based crimes and criminals. NPR’s Fresh Air interviewed two young Internet security professionals: Joseph Menn, author of a new book titled Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who are Bringing Down the Internet., and Barrett Lyon, who does battle with the Internet’s bad guys, mano a mano.
These two guys claim
- many botnet bosses are teenagers
- many reside in Russia and former Soviet states
- websites are routinely hacked by nation-states such as Russia and China to suppress dissent and steal state secrets
- the Internet may not survive this onslaught of crime
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