US Leads The World In Malicious Computer Activity

Gordon

Administrator
US Leads The World In Malicious Computer Activity


Not that it's really anything to gloat about, but a new report from Symantec says that more malicious computer activity (spam, identity theft, phishing, hacking and so on) comes from the United States than anywhere else. About a third of such attacks come from the USA, followed by China with 10% and Germany with 7%. The methodology doesn't appear too comprehensive, since it's just built from data sent back by users of Symantec anti-virus software, but the report did turn up some other interesting tidbits. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing is that the paper's authors say that a person's complete identity -- birthdate, bank account, credit card and ID numbers -- can be had for as little as $14. That's actually pretty shocking, if true, since the amount of damage that can be done with that information is particularly high. If identity and financial information truly is available so easily and cheaply, it would indicate that the problem of identity theft is going to get much, much worse before it gets any better.

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/computersecurity/infotheft/2007-03-19-attacks-us_N.htm

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20070308/012616.shtml
 

Miyuki

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If identity and financial information truly is available so easily and cheaply, it would indicate that the problem of identity theft is going to get much, much worse before it gets any better.
That's what we've been afraid of, and the scammers and getting better at doing it too. :(
 
A large amount of money

This is a lot of money and from just one country!!
I wonder what the true amount is??
After taking into consideration all the scams that never get reported??:confused:
 
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