"And where state spies lead, criminals soon follow" -- I see no distinction between 'State Spies' and 'Criminals' they have blurred those lines themselves.
CrowdStrike has confirmed that governments across the world are spying on everyone online with a new report on cyber-espionage. A year-long study by the security intelligence firm has identified more than 50 groups of cyber threat actors, blaming groups in China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and Syria for high profile attacks. …
"Vulnerability researchers are likely sitting on backlogs of unreported Windows XP vulnerabilities with plans to publicly release or privately sell the vulnerabilities’ details after this date"
"notable for lacking incidents attributable to the NSA's elite TAO hacking crew"
I think what you will find is a bunch of "Spooks" leading sudo criminals into a life of crime they would not have been involved in without the push from the "Spooks".
We all know the FBI is responsible for more internet piracy than anyone known to man.
Re: sudo criminals
They're the worst kind. They can really do some damage with those elevated privileges.
Re: sudo criminals
"A year-long study by the security intelligence firm has identified more than 50 groups of cyber threat actors, blaming groups in China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and Syria for high profile attacks."
No mention of the USA or the UK? This 'study' is biased nonsense.
Actually, very explicit mention of the USA (NSA) and UK (GCHQ), to the effect that they had not seen attacks they were able (or willing) to attribute to these.
"This 'study' is biased nonsense."
....Tut-Tut....you should address that comment towards those doing the study. Posting it here, you're only preaching to the choir.
"watering hole style-attacks that assault targets by infecting the websites "
El Reg, please take note.
The article needs updating as MS already stated they had extended the cut of from 2014 to 2015 for XP.
Even reported by the reg here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/16/microsoft_xp_security_updates_extended/
"The article needs updating as MS already stated they had extended the cut of from 2014 to 2015 for XP."
No, the article is correct, and you haven't read it or your link carefully enough. XP will not be patched for vulnerabilities as from 8 April. All that's happened is that MS have agreed to keep updating the rather flimsy Microsoft Security Essentials (and corporate products that use the same core) for another year.
XP and MSE were never going to keep the spooks and state-sponsored hackers from poking their unwanted noses in (should they see fit), and the better cybercrims aren't that far behind, so it will be any zero day vulnerabilities that are the main problem.