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Expert slams outlandish hacker claims

Suggestion that hackers control three million servers is ‘nonsense’. Security expert Neil Barrett has poured scorn on research released this week claiming that hackers are in control of at least three million servers around the world. Intrusion prevention system vendor Trustcorps said that it had “scientific and anecdotal” research indicating that the average hacker ‘owns’ between 600 and 800 systems at any time. The company estimated that there are at least 1,000 hacker groups, with an average of five hackers per group each owning at least 600 systems. Each hacker will own a compromised system for six months on average. An extrapolation of these statistics by the security firm suggests that there are a minimum of three million systems owned by hackers at any one time. “Much hacking is focused simply on ‘ownership’: knowing that you have complete and unfettered access to, and control over, a system,” said Trustcorps. Full Story

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