Africa The Next Big Cyberthreat

The increasingly wired continent of Africa has the potential to breed the world’s largest and most malicious botnet, experts say.

In an article on the npr.org news site, Franz-Stefan Gady says cybercrime is growing in Africa at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world. He cites statistics presented at a conference in Cote D’Ivoire in 2008 that said an estimated 80 percent of PCs on the African continent were already infected with viruses and other malicious software.

The arrival of broadband service to Africa means that’s a concern internationally. “The new undersea broadband Internet cables being installed today will make Africa no further away from New York than, say, Boston, in the virtual world,” Gady writes.

The concern goes far beyond spam. Africa, home to almost 100 million computers, could be a top target for botnet herders, says the article -- people who could take over computers across the continent from a central hub.

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