Hackers hijacked more private computers in China in the last quarter of 2009 than in any other country, according to a new McAfee report. About 1.1 million Chinese computers and 1.06 million U.S. computers were infected with malware that turned the compromised systems into “zombies,” which are often grouped into botnets that are used to attack Web sites or send spam. McAfee’s George Kurtz partly attributes Chinese computers’ vulnerability to botnets to the fact that software piracy is rampant in China and computer users frequently have not updated the patches on their machines. Cyber expert Stewart A. Baker wants to see a few leading countries devise “effective national norms aimed at eliminating zombie computers.” While experts say the United States is the nation most susceptible to cyberattack, McAfee reports that the U.S. is considered to be the most troubling potential cyberattacker.
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