PCs to developing world 'fuel malware'

Programs to send PCs to third world countries might inadvertently fuel the development of malware for hire scams, an anti virus guru warns.

Eugene Kaspersky, head of anti virus research at Kaspersky Labs, cautions that developing nations have become leading centres for virus development. Sending cheap PCs to countries with active virus writing cliques might therefore have unintended negative consequences, he suggests.

"A particular cause for concern is programs which advocate 'cheap computers for poor third world countries'," Kaspersky writes. "These further encourage criminal activity on the internet. Statistics on the number of malicious programs originating from specific countries confirm this: the world leader in virus writing is China, followed by Latin America, with Russia and Eastern European countries not far behind." PCs to developing world 'fuel malware' | The Register

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