What used to be a fantasy is fast becoming a reality, it seems. Cyber-warfare is no longer something seen in movies; according to this article it’s now a part of our daily reality. While some of these issues are merely stupid exploits that should be avoidable, others are botnet attacks that are very difficult to defend against.
I think the really disturbing part is the frequency and complexity of the attacks seen these days, especially from some of the botnet attacks where the actual payload can often remain unknown. Clearly, all of us need to be aware and vigilant about keeping everything up to date and using common sense.
While there is no question that common sense can only go so far, the fact of the matter is that there is a limitation as to just how far we can actually go with this. This means we cannot really control how the home user ends up working with the browser, whether or not they choose to run the latest updates, or worse, end up serving as an unknowing host for the latest botnet infestation. In the end, we are only as strong as our weakest link.