This article at NewScientist, Malicious software threatens internet economy, by Colin Barras & Tom Simonite, summarizes an OECD report: Malware: A security threat to the Internet economy (PDF). I’ve selected a few items from the summary:
- most malware infections (93%) occur on home users’ computers
- around one in four personal computers in the US – or 59 million – is already infected with malware
- a botnet — can now be rented for as little as as 33 cents per machine
- [criminals use t]hese [zombie] machines to send out roughly 80% of all spam
and to attack commercial websites and other internet-linked systems with meaningless traffic as part of extortion schemes
Folks, it’s your fault (or about 25% of you, anyway) for not keeping your machines safe. Fix the damn things, or turn them off!