The Year of Computing Dangerously

The Washington Post reports that "It was the year of computing dangerously, and next year could be worse."

The paper writes that this is the assessment of computer security experts, who said 2006 was marked by an unprecedented spike in junk e-mail and more sophisticated Internet attacks by cybercrooks.

One expert is quoted as estimating that organized criminals would earn about $2 billion this year through "phishing" scams, which involve the use of spam and fake Web sites to trick computer users into disclosing their financial and other personal data.