This ain't your momma's Internet
Surprise! Bad guys are getting creative. (Never underestimate the oh-so-powerful combination of greed, boredom, and cleverness.) Rather than targeting Internet Explorer, now they're gunning for your virtual machine, your video games, and your Web-connected thermostat.
"The more digital our lives become, the greater the number of potential nontraditional entry points for cybercriminals attempting to steal data and wreak havoc," says McAfee Labs security strategist Toralv Dirro, who referred us to some of the wild exploits highlighted here. Grab your tinfoil hat, and let's take a walk down wacky-hack lane.
The chamber of chaos
In 2010, the Chamber was the subject of a deep and complicated intrusion. The penetration was so thorough that once authorities discovered the problem, the Chamber found it easier to destroy some PCs completely rather than scrub them clean.
That's scary, but what happened after the problem was "eliminated" is even more frightening: One of the Chamber's thermostats was found to be communicating with Chinese servers, while one executive's printer began spitting out pages composed entirely in Chinese. And that brings us to the next wild exploit…