Most attacks on federal networks financially motivated

Jill R. Aitoro reports:

Most malware attacks against federal agencies are financially motivated, seeking to trick computer users into buying fake security software or providing personal information that can be used to hack into their bank accounts.

Although espionage and terrorism often are considered the primary motivations for breaking into government networks, 90 percent of incidents of malware detected on federal computers in the first half of 2010 were designed to steal money from users, according to data collected from the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team at the Homeland Security Department.

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