Hacking enters new era of crime

It was the year when cybercriminals targeted everything from MySpace to Wikipedia, and even a Web site by a Kentucky Boy Scout troop wasn't safe for browsing. Security experts said 2006 was also the year that hacking stopped being a hobby and became a lucrative profession practiced by an underground of computer developers and software sellers.

Bad guys also launched attacks through popular software applications like PowerPoint and Adobe Reader and expanded their activities overseas.

Software makers who try to stop online crooks say they are bracing for a new level of nastiness in 2007, including malicious Web sites that are booby-trapped with software that automatically loads itself onto machines of users who just visit a site. Hacking enters new era of crime

Linked by shanmuga Monday, 15th January 2007 11:58PM