Zombie PCs Numbers Rise By 50 Percent Since 2008

It seems that the number of zombie systems on the internet is growing with each passing day as the security firm McAfee alone, since January has been able to detect nearly twelve million computers systems which were hijacked by cyber-criminals.

McAfee also mentions that a staggering 50 percent increase in the number of detected zombie computers has been noticed since 2008 and such a large increase in botnets can pose a serious security hazard in future.

The worrying figures from McAfee come close on heels of a report on cyber security released by consultancy major, Deloitte which advocates a global response to cyber security.

The report mentions the need of a joint effort from government and private organizations as isolated attempts to address cyber security are unlikely to succeed due to the interconnected nature of the internet.

The report also vociferously argues the case that society today is quite dependent on the "cyber domain" while in contrast efforts to secure it are lagging way behind.

It goes on to suggest that governments need to cooperate together to set uniform standards for security on the internet across the world and proactively design new laws that relate to data privacy and security which can address the emerging concerns.

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Our Comments

Zombie computers are now part of the security Folklore unfortunately. One computer in an office is enough to compromise a whole network, which makes it more difficult then to close all the gaps. McAfee's report comes a few hours after the company's websites were criticised for being vulnerable, containing weaknesses that could have been used to launch a phishing attack.

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