Over three million computers 0wned?

Sean Donelan sean at donelan.com
Sat Jun 28 23:09:10 UTC 2003


Trustcorps claims it has scientific and anecdotal resaerch supporting its
conclusion that over three million computers are "owned" by malicious

On the other hand, Information Risk Management questioned how any one
person could "own" hundreds of computers at any one time.  And systems are
often not "owned" by a single group, but exploited by multiple groups

Like most statistics, the "truth" is probably a little harder to find, and
a little bit scarier.

The FBI estimates a car is stolen every 27 seconds somewhere in the US.
In 2000, FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics showed that 1,165,559 cars
were stolen; with an estimated value of $7.8 Billion.  Police apprehend
less than 15% of all auto thieves.

Unfortunately this computer crime doesn't fit the FBI crime reporting
statistics well.  Vandalism of Property?  Is the cracking of computers
happening more or less often than car theft?

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