War in Cyberspace, a look at tactics and "threats"
Web pages themselves may contain viruses. Executive Peter Watkins of internet security firm said "If you look at the levels of protection, 70 to 99 per cent of companies have already deployed security for email because they've learned, but only a small [number] have deployed the technology to scan their pages for malware,"And also said "Around 85 per cent of malware comes in via the web, and businesses have been slow to react to this."(20 ).
The problem of internet of virus exploits is expected to get worse (21 ). Its estimates that between 200,000 300,000 virus laden websites are created everyday. Most of these sites remain on the net for a day or less, but the numbers of these sites are increasing (22 ).
Also the will be an increased use Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) such as flash for malicious purposes(23 ).
"Botnet is a jargon term for a collection of software robots, or bots, that run autonomously and automatically. The term is often associated with malicious software but it can also refer to the network of computers using distributed computing software. While the term "botnet" can be used to refer to any group of bots, such as IRC bots, this word is generally used to refer to a collection of compromised computers (called Zombie computers) running software, usually installed via worms, Trojan horses, or backdoors, under a common command-and-control infrastructure." (24 ).
Researchers at Georgia Tech Information Security Center said the percentage of online computers infected by botnets will increase from 10 to 15 percent by the end of this year. A few of the malicious uses Botnets spam and malware (25 ).
Computer security experts botnets, will grow in increasing sophistication and be more prevalent (26 ).
Cyber security expert are concerned over the Vulnerability of critical infrastructure like power, transportation and water systems to hackers. a CIA official Tom Donahue revealed that hackers have penetrated several regions outside the US and "in at least one case, caused a power outage affecting multiple cities." (27 ).