US Leads The World In Malicious Computer Activity
from the we're-number-1!-we're-number-1! dept
Not that it’s really anything to gloat about, but a new report from Symantec says that more malicious computer activity (spam, identity theft, phishing, hacking and so on) comes from the United States than anywhere else. About a third of such attacks come from the USA, followed by China with 10% and Germany with 7%. The methodology doesn’t appear too comprehensive, since it’s just built from data sent back by users of Symantec anti-virus software, but the report did turn up some other interesting tidbits. Perhaps the most attention-grabbing is that the paper’s authors say that a person’s complete identity — birthdate, bank account, credit card and ID numbers — can be had for as little as $14. That’s actually pretty shocking, if true, since the amount of damage that can be done with that information is particularly high. If identity and financial information truly is available so easily and cheaply, it would indicate that the problem of identity theft is going to get much, much worse before it gets any better.