As in the real world, cyberspace has bad neighborhoods. But unlike the real world, risks in cyberspace are not easy to spot — and the location of those digital bad neighborhoods can change all the time.
When security experts look back at 2010, they will see a major turning point in the world of cyberscares. The virtual and the real collided in new, dramatic ways during the past 12 months, and the Internet will never be the same.
Gone for good is the glamour of annoying outages caused by hackers sending e-mail attachments and launching Web page attacks. Now, computer criminals are being credited with stalling a rogue nuclear power plant program, and with bringing world diplomacy to its knees. Things are getting serious.