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article imageComputer hijacks on the increase

By Jane Fazackarley     May 6, 2009 in Technology
An incredible 12 million computers have been hijacked since the beginning of this year. This is according to security firm McAfee.
The company say these figures are up by 50% since last year. The systems have been turned into what is known as 'zombies' by cyber-criminals.
This doesn't reveal the full picture. Many more computers which have not been puck up by McAfee may have been affected.
Deloitte say a world wide approach to cyber-crime needs to be adopted.
McAfee say that the US has the world's biggest amount of computers affected by this problem with around 18%. China are not too far behind with a total of 13%.
Jeff Green,senior vice president of McAfee said:
"The massive expansion of these botnets provides cyber-criminals with the infrastructure they need to flood the web with malware,"
"Essentially, this is cyber-crime enablement."
Greg Pellegrino of Deloitte said:
"This issue is moving so quickly, and with so much at stake economically and in terms of safety and security for people, we don't have 100 years to figure this out,"
"Security spending is growing at a rate never seen before while the threat environment is growing at a pace of 40% a year.
"In terms of volume and severity of incidents, the math doesn't work and we have to come up with a different approach that requires public and private sectors working together,"
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