Malicious code apparently used by governments to spy on, harass, and
sabotage one another has grabbed headlines in recent years, yet the
highly targeted nature of such attacks have meant ordinary Web users
have so far had little to fear. That may now be changing as some experts
say the techniques used in sophisticated, state-backed malware are
trickling down to less-skilled programmers who target regular Web users
and their online accounts or credit card details.
"Cybercriminals read the news as well," says Roel Schouwenberg, a security researcher with Russian computer security company Kaspersky.
Schouwenberg adds that sophisticated, state-sponsored "cyberweapons and
targeted attacks now give us some insight into what will be coming into