Just a brief anecdote. I am visiting my relatives for the holidays. My mother receives a phone call from an unknown number and passes it over to me as they are asking her computer questions. I get on and some guy claims to be from a computer research company and needs me to go on to the computer and type a few commands in. Luckily I didn't take him serious or let it go to far but I asked him if by any chance I'd be going to a web site, downloading a rootkit, and allowing this computer to participate in their botnet/spam army after he roots it with a known exploit. He just kind of laughed and I told him to F'k off and hung up. No mercy from the dark side, even on the holidays.
Happy Holidays to all!