Study Finds ‘Alarming’ Ignorance About Cybercrime

“Consumers’ unsecured computers play a major role in helping cybercriminals conduct cybercrimes,” the National Cyber Security Alliance warns.At the RSA Conference on Wednesday, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) reported that U.S. consumers don’t understand botnets, networks of compromised computers that have become one of the major methods for attacking computer systems.”Botnets continue to be an increasing threat to consumers and homeland security,” said Ron Teixeira, executive director of the NCSA, in a statement. “Consumers’ unsecured computers play a major role in helping cybercriminals conduct cybercrimes not only on the victim’s computer, but also against others connected to the Internet.”The NCSA survey involved 2,249 online consumers between the ages of 18 and 65, polled by Harris Interactive.
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