According to Symantec, home PCs are the new target for hackers. It’s a bold statement, complete with statistics, so it must be true. Hackers are going after grandma, because all those pictures of the backyard flowerbed are worth big bucks in the blackmarket.
My take – Symantec must have saturated the business security market by now (or at least someone has), so they are going after all the everyday folk who view their Pentium IIIs as just another appliance in the house.
Or maybe the “hidden cost of security freeware” is that people are actually using it?
Since virus writers are playing the “insecurity by obscurity” angle, maybe all that niche freeware is just doing a better job marketing, hence the need for scare tactics.