...one of the fastest-growing threats is from "phishing" attacks, which lure people to websites that appear to be owned by banks or other firms and dupe them into to giving passwords, credit card numbers or other information.
I've seen many of those pernicious messages in my email inbox, some looking remarkably genuine. Fortunately, I've been able to avoid falling prey, but I fear that numerous people have been fooled. It's a rapidly growing problem...
Phishing was up 366 percent in the six months to December 31 compared with the prior six months.
"Symantec expects that phishing will continue to be a very serious concern over the next year," the report said.
Other annoyances and hazards covered in the report include viruses, worms, spyware, and spam...
Symantec reported a 77 percent growth in spam for companies whose systems were monitored for spam.
Spam increased from an average of 800 million messages per week to well over 1,2 billion spam messages per week by the end of the reporting period, making up more than 60 percent of all email traffic observed by Symantec during this period.
Which made me think -- what happens when spam can be delivered not just as email, but as 3D objects?
When your home or office includes a desktop nanofactory as a standard appliance, how easy will it be for hackers to steal (or buy) your machine's unique address and send instructions to produce unwanted physical products?! It could be something as "innocent" as a clever marketing ploy to get you to try a new product. Or it could be something as dangerous as a smart bomb designed to look like a toy or a new electronic gadget.
Will such things happen? Almost certainly, unless we do something in advance to prevent them.