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10:09 Dec 3, 2004
English to Chinese translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - IT (Information Technology)
English term or phrase:a stinger in the tail
While the news that serious hacking comes from just a handful of countries is welcome, there is a stinger in the tail. The G7 aren't just any old countries; their economies are highly developed, and their citizens have high levels of disposable incomes, affording them the leisure time as well as the fancy computers and bandwidth required for a successful hacking operation. Security experts have already identified Britain's 4 million broadband-connected computers—many of which are left on 24 hours a day—as a growing factor in virus propagation. Those same computers can almost as readily be harnessed to more harmful tasks. So if economic prosperity indicates a predisposition to posing a sophisticated threat, then don't forget that there's quite a queue of would-be economic powerhouses waiting in the wings.