The world of IT security is in chaos, with CSOs seemingly on the front lines of a full scale global cyberwar being fought out by government hackers, botnet-controlling criminal gangs and compromised Web sites. Can we ever hope to keep networks safe in such an environment?
Accusations of government-sponsored hacking have been flying in recent weeks with the US, UK, Germany, and most recently, New Zealand, claiming to have been attacked by hackers that allegedly work for the Chinese government — charges denied by the country itself.
Meanwhile, Storm worm has also been in the news with security researchers debating whether the botnet controlled by the worm, which is estimated to contain between one and five million infected PCs, could be used by criminals as a massive distributed supercomputer, potentially packing the power to deliver massive spamming campaigns, knock out targets with a DDoS attack and even use a SETI@home-style operation to crack very strong encryption, very quickly.
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