Majority of computers are zombies
Cyber criminals are able to target social media networks and web 2.0 because no application is free to contain a programme error than cannot be used to spread malware.
This is the warning of booshnews.com’s Lucas Lindberg, who stated that Facebook and MySpace have already been affected by rootkit worms and that they will remain a “sophisticated” phishing scam this year.
He believes 80 per cent of PCs are ‘zombie computers’ from where a scheduled or scaled spam attack can be launched on servers.
Mr Lindberg referred to a quote from Miguel Jorge, the man in charge of G Data Iberia, who said: ‘It is imperative to raise awareness and educate internet users of the need to use an antivirus program and keep it updated to protect your computer and restrict the main tool of cybercriminals.’
The blogger also predicted a rise in the amount of attacks on web servers with a history of being captured by cyber criminals, especially those with security holes and weak passwords.
According to the BBC, 90 per cent of companies in the US responding to a survey from the Computer Security Institute had experienced at least one breach in the past 12 months.
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