Botnets and Complacency

An article in PC Pro by Asavin Wattanajantra quotes the deputy director at the Office of Cyber Security in the Cabinet Office as saying  that “the main focus of botnets would be to target and extort money from private companies, rather than bring down public sector networks …. in a sense not in their interest to bring down infrastructure which is earning them money.” (http://www.itpro.co.uk/617269/botnets-want-money-not-to-bring-down-the-web)

While there’s some truth in this, it’s not the whole truth, as Gadi Evron explains in a useful article at Dark Reading:

(http://www.darkreading.com/blog/archives/2009/11/criminals_wont.html?cid=ref-true

I’ve also addressed the topic at some length  in an (ISC)2 blog –  http://blog.isc2.org/isc2_blog/2009/11/botnets-not-a-problem.html – so I won’t expand on it here (unless someone wants me to!)

David Harley

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