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 Thursday, December 20, 2007

The article, Beware, botnets have your PC in their sights, by New Scientist republished by TMCnet, provides a brief discussion of the cybersecurity situation in developing countries and how the current conditions may later evolve into an enormous cybersecurity problem in the coming years. Although hackers and cybercriminals tend to attack computers in developed countries at the moment due to more stable and consistent Internet connectivity, it is foreseen that developing countries may be next in line with the increasing technological developments and initiatives such as the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) programme and Intel's low-cost Classmate computer. "If thousands of Classmates are distributed without adequate security, or if a previously unknown flaw in BitFrost, OLPC's security system, emerges, the new generation of cheap PCs will lead to problems... The ITU is assuming that attacks of this kind are a foregone conclusion and is organising a global effort to help developing countries fortify themselves against them." ITU, with its Botnet Mitigation Toolkit and Cybersecurity efforts, aims to increase international cooperation among states and provide the training and expertise needed to build CERTs in developing countries.

Read the full article here.

More information on ITU Cybersecurity related activities here.