A national holiday weekend and a concoction of three viruses is all it took to bring down more than a million PCs in China. The country has recently been the target of several scams and even a natural calamity that severely affected internet connectivity.
Wired reports that as many as 118,000 PCs crashed in a single day. The figure only goes to show how much the Internet is a part of people’s lives and how the timing of an attack can have an exponential affect. China is home to more than 130 million (BBC) Internet users.
Large scale scams also mean big money considering that only four people were jailed last month for profiting from a virus (AHN) that affected a million PCs. The perpetrators of the scam offered users an anti-virus software to counter the attack.
With more connectivity, the hazards of proliferation of malware is always a looming threat.