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Cyber Crime Leading to Cyber Terrorism

According to Russia-based security company Kaspersky Labs, there has been a steep hike in malicious programs on the Internet during the past couple of years, up from 2 Million in 2007 to 32 Million in 2009, as reported by Itweb on December 7, 2009.

Nikolay Grebennikov, CTO of Kaspersky Lab, states that the hike is reflected not just in quantity but in quality as well. During 1990, viruses spread via file media. In 2000 and later, there were worms that proliferated via e-mail. And then since 2005, trojans have been infecting web-pages, as reported by Itweb on December 7, 2009.

Indeed, Kaspersky mentions the example of Conficker to support what Grebennikov says. According to it, the virus has proved that criminals using it are capable of amassing several million compromised PCs to build botnets. The botnets apparently are so strong that they disrupted the Internet.

Apart from this, new computers are becoming vulnerable daily. And those that are vulnerable and put online help to increase cyber crime.

Indeed, this demonstrates that it isn't very hard to accomplish malicious activities. Moreover, cyber terrorism is also developing, while espionage has already started, with increasing instances predicted for the future. The countries that host majority of the malicious programs are Europe, USA and a few East Asian nations among which China has been found to generate the most malware worldwide.

Further, certain financial motivation works behind all these hazards, says Kaspersky.

To stop cyber crime, all computer users need to analyze seriously about the problems inflicting the Internet. They need to especially think how cyber problems can be stopped which lead to terrorist-related activities against the population via collapsing primary services, says Kaspersky.

According to the company, the IT industry needs to do considerably towards purifying the digital environment. Consequently, it could develop mechanisms that ensure security, educate consumers as well as governments, and assist in getting cyber criminals imprisoned. However, the governments are responsible for establishing methods for joint work to protect Internet and to investigate and punish those who perpetrate cyber threats, notes Kaspersky.

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