By Dennis O’Reilly March 20, 2012 10:49 AM PDT
Internet thieves are more organized and more technically savvy than ever before as they concoct insidious software designed to let them separate you from your valuables. Users and ISPs must work together to keep them at bay. Today’s malware purveyor bears little resemblance to the outcast-teenage-loner caricature popular in days past.
Last November the FBI’s Operation Ghost Click led to the arrest of six Estonians charged with promulgating the DNSChanger malware, which the FBI claims allowed the gang to steal $14 million by manipulating the servers of online advertisers. Unfortunately, DNSChanger is estimated to have infected 100 million computers worldwide and 500,000 in the U.S., many of which haven’t yet been disinfected. Continue reading
Dell Inc. (DELL), the world’s third- largest maker of personal computers, agreed to buy SonicWall Inc. to gain network-security and data-protection tools, paying a price that analysts peg at between $1 billion and $1.5 billion. SonicWall, based in San Jose, California, had revenue of about $260 million in the past 12 months and about 950 employees, executives from both companies said today on a conference call to announce the deal. SonicWall’s technology detects and protects networks from intrusions and malware attacks, and helps protect data.
Dell is buying services and software businesses as the PC market faces competition from smartphones and tablets. Last month, the company hired CA Inc. Chief Executive Officer John Swainson to oversee the software push, and today he said security is an important part of that strategy. Continue reading