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Cybercrooks Deliver Trouble

With Spam Filters Working Overtime, Security Experts See No Letup in ’07

 

By Brian Krebs

washingtonpost.com staff writer
Wednesday, December 27, 2006; Page D01

 

It was the year of computing dangerously, and next year could be worse.

That is the assessment of computer security experts, who said 2006 was marked by an unprecedented spike in junk e-mail and more sophisticated Internet attacks by cybercrooks. 

Few believe 2007 will be any brighter for consumers, who already are struggling to avoid the clever scams they encounter while banking, shopping or just surfing online. Experts say online criminals are growing smarter about hiding personal data they have stolen on the Internet and are using new methods for attacking computers that are harder to detect.

“Criminals have gone from trying to hit as many machines as possible to focusing on techniques that allow them to remain undetected on infected machines longer,” said Vincent Weafer, director of security response at Symantec, an Internet security firm in Cuptertino, Calif. Read the Rest.

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