Nearly every hacker that commits a crime gets away with it. The malicious hackers we arrest are usually only the dumbest and the greediest. The few dozen we catch every year wouldn’t amount to rounding error.
VoIP is going big this year and the people in the know say security vulnerabilities abound.
I keep reading about cities putting their EMS systems on the Internet. This isn’t a good thing.
Malware and money-stealing Trojans are on the rise. More money will be stolen from banks this year than ever before. Most banks don’t even know what the real problems are, much less how to address them. (Of course, that last statement applies to nearly every industry.)
More money is being spent on computer security than every before, and as far as I can tell the problem is only getting worse, and will continue to get worse for the foreseeable future. Each year, software gets more complex and ever more connected. Web services promise to connect everything. My computer, television, phone, and stereo are all now network connected, but we continue to develop new Internet protocols without a second thought to security. If your PC doesn't attack you, it will be your copy machine, network printer card, or TV.
Next week, I promise to come back in a better mood with some ideas for real -- and better -- security solutions.