Asian spammers 'hijack broadband PCs'
A UK security firm says spammers based in Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan are turning vulnerable home and small business PCs in Western countries into spam relays. Home and small business computers in Western countries are being hijacked as spam relays by groups operating in Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and other parts of Asia, according to a security firm. These “new breed” spam relays — computers configured to send out thousands of unsolicited bulk emails — have become more common as more homes and business install always-on broadband Internet connections, said UK-based security firm mi2g. Many of these PCs “do not possess even a basic firewall, never mind intrusion detection capabilities”, according to the report. Full Story