Experts Say An Internet Redo Is Only Way To Go

February 16, 2009

US (ChattahBox) – With the heavy security risk that has taken over the Internet today, some experts are adamant in one belief: we have to start over.

It has been an argument used for some time, but since the devastating Conflicker attacks, a spyware program released by an unnamed European crime gang that has infected over 12 million computers worldwide, it is suddenly become a valid option.

“If you’re looking for a digital Pearl Harbor, we now have the Japanese ships streaming toward us on the horizon,” Rick Wesson, of Support Intelligence, said.

It seems an extreme analogy, perhaps, but not an unfair one. With Conficker still infecting computers, banding them together into one network, no one is quite sure what is going to come next. After all, the intentions of the program have never been clear.

In the meantime, other attacks, such as those done on the US Military in 2008, has caused increasing alarm, as it becomes clear that virus programs, spyware,and other malicious software can easily be used as a tactic of espionage.

So, what should be done? Is starting from scratch, reconstructing the infrastructure of the web, and giving up anonymity online really the way to go? Who can we trust to do things right this time around?

“As soon as you start dealing with the public Internet, the whole notion of trust becomes a quagmire,” UCLA security expert, Stefan Savage, said.

One thing is for sure: there is no such thing as safety on the Internet, and we certainly have no promise of anonymity, either. It is as easy as an IP search to learn someone’s identity, and that is only if they have not volunteered the information themselves.


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