Hi-tech crime to boom as downturn blooms

With the economic downturn affecting every corner of the globe, it is perhaps no surprise that it is likely to affect hi-tech criminals over the next 12 months.In contrast to many ordinary people, hi-tech criminals are likely to see opportunities to prosper rather than suffer in the downturn.So say some experts looking forwards to 2009 and what it will mean for the computer security world.”Crime tends to rise when you have more unemployment,” said Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure.”If you look, in general, where the attacks are coming from you can find social reasons behind them,” he said.”It’s not a technical problem, it’s social,” he said.

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