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Slack Home Security Aiding Viruses

Posted: 28th Jul, 2004 By: MarkJ
Unsurprisingly security experts from mi2g have blamed the strong proliferation of Internet viruses (worms) on "insecure domestic Windows computers":

"The vast insecure domestic user base contributes to the damage because it has far too much computing power, storage capacity and online connectivity for it not to be a lure for organised crime," said DK Matai, executive chairman, mi2g.

He added: "It is inappropriate to expect patch regimes, anti-virus toolkit updates and personal firewall settings to be an everyday activity for a grandmother that has bought her computer to communicate with her grandchildren. It is this type of domestic machine which contributes to the denial of service attack against the likes of Google, post a MyDoom infection."


The group makes a very valid and 'common sense' point in the last paragraph, essentially noting that many computer owners lack the knowledge to fully understand how to protect their systems.

Having said that, e-mails have to get to a PC somehow and that's through the ISP, which must share some of the responsibility. Many still don't offer anti-virus filtering as standard. More @ Web-User.
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