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Security experts describe the typical hacker of 2009 as more sophisticated, prolific and craftier than ever. If anything, criminals will be remembered by the sheer number of attacks they unleashed upon the Web.
While the year didn't see many technological leaps in the techniques hackers employ, they continued to expand their reach to every corner of the Internet by leveraging social media, infiltrating trusted Web sites, and crafting more convincing and tailored scams.
Quote from: SF Gate article by Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, Chronicle Staff Writer Saturday, December 26, 2009
The information that took me aback most was the following: "An October report from the San Jose company estimated that 640,000 legitimate Web sites became infected in the third quarter of 2009, compared with 120,000 infected sites during the same period of 2008."
Bold is mine. An astounding 433.3% increase.