Home PCs under increased threat, say experts

From the Globe and Mail:

In the cyber underworld’s never-ending quest for weak spots, home computers are coming under increased attack as businesses tighten their defences, according to the latest Symantec Internet security threat report.

“What really surprises is the way that attackers are moving,” says Dean Turner, Calgary-based editor of the twice-yearly threat report. “They’re moving in a totally new direction.”

In the past, he says, hackers focused mainly on vulnerabilities in computer networks and their components. But the advent of sophisticated firewalls and warning systems have made them harder targets.

“They’re now starting to target home users quite heavily primarily because home users are the weakest link in the security chain,” says Turner.

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