Cyberattacks cost U.S. $100-Million

While Microsoft slams Mac for being “expensive” we wonder what they mean by “expensive”? Microsoft and Windows has caused the Pentagon to spend $100 million on Cyberattacks in the last 6 months. This Associated Press article provides stark reality to the difference between Mac OS and others.

What were they thinking?

PAUL HAVEN reports for the The Associated Press

Ghost hackers infiltrating the computers of Tibetan exiles and the U.S. electric grid have pulled the curtain back on 21st-century espionage as nefarious as anything from the Cold War — and far more difficult to stop.

Nowadays, a hacker with a high-speed Internet connection, knowledge of computer security and some luck can pilfer information thought to be safely ensconced in a digital locker. And the threat is growing, with countries — including the U.S. — pointing fingers at each other even as they ramp up their own cyber espionage.

The Pentagon this week said it spent more than $100 million in the last six months responding to damage from cyber attacks and other computer network problems. And the White House is wrapping up a 60-day review of how the government can better use technology to protect everything from the nation’s electrical grid and stock markets to tax data, airline flight systems and nuclear launch codes.

In 2008, there were 5,499 known breaches of U.S. government computers with malicious software, according to the Department of Homeland Security. That’s up from 3,928 the previous year, and just 2,172 in 2006.

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