In a sinister twist to the long-running arms race between security researchers and cyber criminals, the white hats are now warning that their personal safety may even be in danger.
Panda Security technical director Luis Corrons told V3.co.uk that as the cyber criminals grow in number and resources, those tasked with stopping them may ultimately be targeted.
"We are seeing now how virtual criminals are mixing with real-life criminals so we have to be more careful from a personal point of view," he said.
"This situation can only get worse. Some years ago it was much less likely that someone could harm you."
Corrons explained that after his work with Spanish police in uncovering and bringing to justice the masterminds behind the infamous Mariposa botnet, he was actually paid a visit by said cyber criminals.
They managed to blag their way past security at Panda HQ to accost Corrons in his own office, he said.
Luckily there was no intent to harm on that occasion but as the stakes are raised ever higher in the fight against cyber crime, we could well see a rather more unpleasant turn of events unfold.
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