Not only is global cybercrime so well organised that malware toolkits are sold with technical support, there's now a clear toolkit of choice: Blackhole.
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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.
With two billion people now online, we should probably start thinking about the kind of world we want to create. Enter the Society 5 project.
If IT managers skip security basics like patching applications and operating systems, it might not be apathy, but instead the result of the formula V = EC2.
"There really is a war on the internet and, like all wars, this war is about power," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a recorded message on Saturday to the War on the Internet forum held in Melbourne on the weekend.
When a Sydney financial-services business was hit with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, they learned the hard way that not all internet-hosting providers can deliver when it really counts.
So far, the coverage of Anonymous' hack of American intelligence firm Stratfor has focused on the stolen credit cards and subscriber lists. But the real target was their email archives.
Many of 2011's themes in IT were remarkably similar to those of 2010. It was a year of consolidation rather than breakthrough.
Stuxnet, cloud computing and advanced persistent threats (APTs) got the media coverage, but our experts focus on different security highlights.
Businesses face a risk when using customers' personal data, as those whose privacy credentials don't convince their customers will lose those customers.
Do you have the right to be anonymous online? If so, when? Anonymity protects Syrian political activists, internet trolls and criminals alike. There are no easy answers.
The US Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is more than just the latest skirmish in the battle against online copyright infringement. It's another episode in the war on the internet itself.
Forget about Stuxnet, advanced persistent threats (APTs) and zero-day threats, says leading malware researcher Alex Kirk. Worry instead about everyday crimeware.
Bell Labs may have been absorbed into Alcatel-Lucent and ditched basic physics research, but it's still producing breakthroughs in optics, quantum computing and social computing.
Jon Callas has been at the centre of computer security since the olden days of the 1990s. On today's Patch Monday podcast he talks about the future. Cloud, smartphones, Android, the lot.
In just five years, malware construction kits will be so easy to use, and embedded processors will provide such easy targets, that a disgruntled paper boy might hack your refrigerator.