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Online crime goes 9 to 5

2006 was a good year for bad people. The Washington Post is quoting Internet security experts who say this past year saw more and worse online spam and sophisticaed cyber-attacks.

But wait, there's more good news. 2007 will not be any better, the pros predict. Our own security expert Joris Evers had a helluva time just keeping up with all the security flaws that seemed to burst open in recent weeks.

And perhaps the sourest note of all: there's so much money being bilked via cybercrime, the crooks now work 9 to 5. Not nights and weekends as in the old days. They have their day job and it's stealing from you and me.