The last year has seen several great strides taken in IT security, but almost as many were backwards as forwards; these are troubling times.
In terms of hacking activity there's been a lot of high profile arrests. Lynn Htun, head of hacking group Fluffi Bunni, got caught chatting to exhibitors at InfoSec by a group of visiting policemen who recognised her.
British programmer Gary McKinnon was arrested in June for hacking US Navy supply computers, although the news that his victim was still using NT4 was nearly as disturbing. British and US police joined forces to beat two of the Thr34t-Krew group.
On the downside the number of hacking attacks against corporate servers continues to rise.
The vast majority of these are script kiddies using tools they don't understand. Good patching practice and sensible firewall policy should stop them.
On the virus front it's been a prolific year and long-term prospects are not good. August was the worst month for viruses in IT history.
Once again script kiddies are quick to chop and change viruses and we're up to version 12 of MiMail already.
But somewhere out there in the ether there's a lot of out-of-date antivirus software because holdouts like Klez are still hanging around.
It's been a good year for Britain's National High Tech Crime Unit, on the whole, and other countries are cottoning on to the lead the team is taking.
Piracy continues to bedevil the industry. A British man was jailed after the British Software Alliance helped customs nail an eBay fraud, and overall our software piracy rates are among the lowest in Europe.
All in all a very mixed year. Let's be careful out there.
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