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‘Wetware’ Represents Cyber-Security’s Most Fragile Link

AVG Technologies in its new security report indicates that cyber-criminals are attacking the less cautious as well as weakest 'wetware' more-and-more instead of the PCs themselves as end-users remain tolerant of cyber security, a prominent hazard, reports techradar.com dated September 15, 2011.

It's been found that the 'wetware' occurrence involves the security succession's weakest link that instead of the technology is the human operator himself. Risk growth arises more out of wetware i.e. human action instead of from merely hardware/software i.e. technology.

As per AVG, malicious programs are becoming more complicated as also harder to detect, whereas people using the Internet are getting less serious about safeguarding their systems along with virtual belongings.

Consequently, computer-hackers realize that these masses of individuals form the weakest connection in the security chain, therefore rather than create new malware they often employ socially-engineered tactics that usually click during the attacks.

Meanwhile, security investigators note that consumers know very well how important it's to have anti-virus protection, though almost 1 end-user out of 10 miss maintaining their safeguard up-to-date. Frighteningly, Internet-users of 18-35 years, a group that's frequently referred to as the greatest of all digitally wary, represents the especially complacent people when it comes to cyber-attacks.

Future Laboratory's Dr. Antonia Ward whose lab prepared the report at the behest of AVG stated that it was lucid that online crooks were becoming increasingly refined while not just writing programs but further while devising techniques. Techradar.com reported this.

Additionally, chief executive officer JR Smith of AVG Technologies stated that it was getting more-and-more apparent that each user without appropriate protection made everyone vulnerable, therefore it was important that the community from a global perspective discovered methods for tackling the tendency as well as made sure that people overall were safeguarded together. The act would essentially mean making everyone's digital life secured alternatively what could be said: giving the connected community "Peach of Mind." SoftPedia published this on September 19, 2011.

The investigators realized that since practically everything soon would involve the Internet, people would be greatly vulnerable to hacking despite the activities being those which were hitherto non-risky.

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