The Internet allows any one person to launch potentially catastrophic malware, according to Rodney Joffe, head of security at Neustar Inc.
“In the real world, you have to have access to plutonium or fleets of fighter jets to wreak widespread havoc,” Joffe said to the Los Angeles Times. “Because of the Internet, any one person can wreak havoc if they have knowledge and a computer.”
Joffe referred to malware that primarily comes from botnets, which are collections of compromised computers connected to the Internet. One such botnet resulted from the Conficker worm in 2008, which has been difficult to counter because it uses many advanced malware techniques.