When I first began hearing of—and writing about—hacking and malware back in the early 1990s, little did I dream that one day I would long for a time when the problem was pretty much limited to screwball kids with too many brains and too much time on their hands. Alas, that day has come.  

Cyber crimes have grown in number and sophistication over the years, and hacking syndicates have sprung up to take ordinary crimes like extortion to a new technological level. Still, the bad guys were somewhat limited by the tools with which they had to work, and some areas of computing were pretty much safe from attack (although I, and many others, warned that it wouldn’t stay this way forever).  

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