Monday, December 29, 2008

Malicious Software Poses Growing Threat to U.S. Security

Loren B. Thompson writes for UPI:

Today, digital networks are so ubiquitous that their sudden disappearance would lead to economic collapse, and yet many people are barely aware they are relying on networks when they turn on the lights, go to the grocery store or seek medical care.

But the same features that make digital networks pervasive in everyday life also make them ready conduits for viruses, worms and other forms of malicious software that can destroy the wealth and welfare of unsuspecting users.

More ominously, clever attackers potentially can manipulate the system so it ceases to function entirely, leading to widespread deprivation, disorder and even defeat at the hands of a foreign power.

Recent trends in the evolution of cyber threats have led many experts to believe the danger is growing worse.

More here.


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