Punters blissfully unaware of botnet's potential - NCSA

I was intrigued to read that, despite the surge of publicity surrounding botnets, the NCSA reckons that the vast majority of US Internet users out there are blissfully unaware of botnets and the damage they can cause.

According to Ron Teixeira, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance, US punters don't understand how botnetworks work.

Speaking a the RSA Security event in San Francisco last week, Teixeira said that a survey of around 2,200 adults in the US revealed that 71 per cent are not familiar with the term botnet.

59 per cent, meanwhile, believe it's unlikely that their computer could affect homeland security and 47 per cent believe it's not possible for their computer to be commandeered by hackers.

Against this backdrop, 51 per cent of respondents said they had not changed their password in the past year; and 48 per cent do not know how to protect themselves from cybercriminals.

What does this tell us? It tells us that there is a massive sub-culture of Internet users out there who, unlike most of the peeps reading this story, are users of t'Internet. They don't understand what really goes on behind the scenes.

Which is sad, but expected...