Spear Phishin’ [9:02 am]
Having burned almost a week’s worth of spare time to deal with my own security breach, I recognized myself at several points in this lengthy article. More importantly, however, is the indication of the way that the original design decisions of TCP/IP are coming home to roost, now that fraud is overtaking other forms of innovation online:
“The problem is not a loss of money or credit, it’s a loss of trust,” said David Perry, director of global education at Trend Micro Inc., an Internet security firm. “If you open up e-mails and 8 out of 10 of them are from people selling prescription drugs or Nigerian banking scams, then you lose trust and e-mails become the criminals.”
[...] All of this provides cold comfort to victims like the mystery writer, Mr. Jackont, who said he was still reeling from his encounter with a Trojan horse in Israel.
“I must tell you that I still have a reflex of uneasiness when I get onto the Internet - I feel a trauma,” he said. “People don’t like it when I say this, but it’s like being raped. It’s like my underwear was spread all over the streets. It was a severe breach of privacy.”
See also Is your PC a drug mule?