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.: 97 Percent Fail Spyware Sniff Test - 27th Apr 2006

"Just 3 out of 100 Internet users are able to sniff out sites ready to drop spyware or adware onto their computers, security company McAfee said Wednesday.

In an online quiz run by McAfee's recently-acquired SiteAdvisor, a service that alerts users of possible spyware- and adware-infecting sites via search results at Google, Yahoo, and MSN, 97 percent of more than 14,000 consumers were fooled by one or more malicious sites..."

.: Too Many Passwords Hurt Security - 25th Apr 2006

"Security breaches from computer viruses, spyware, hacker attacks and theft of equipment are costing British business an estimated 10 billion pounds ($18 billion) a year, according to a survey on Tuesday.

The loss is 50 percent higher than the level calculated two years ago, said the study by consultancy PricewaterhouseCoopers for the Department of Trade and Industry..."
[PC Mag]

.: Cleaning Up the Net's Malicious Software - 21st Apr 2006

"There is a real threat here," according to John Palfrey, co-director of the Stop Badware Coalition and professor of law at Harvard. Palfrey cited a Consumer Reports survey indicating that 30 percent of consumers are turning away from the Internet due to the threats from badware. "The time is right for us to be one of several solutions."

Higher education, technology companies, and a consumer group are the latest to band together in an attempt to fight the growing problem of viruses, worms, adware, and spyware plaguing the Internet..."

.: Analysis: What's the next malware threat? - 16th Apr 2006

"Gone are the days of simple worms and viruses. Now botnets and phishing dominate malware. But what's next? Ron Condon reports.

In January this year, 20-year-old Jeanson James Ancheta pleaded guilty in a Californian court to charges that he had broken into government computers and taken control of them for purposes of fraud. He had planted Trojan software on the systems at the China Lake Naval Facility in California's Mojave Desert, enabling him to manipulate computers on the network there..."

.: Academics warn of 'significant threat' of spyware epidemic - 11th Apr 2006

"The extensive proliferation of covert and malicious spyware is posing an increasingly significant threat for internet users, a comprehensive new study by University of Washington computer scientists warned today.

The research sampled more than 20 million internet addresses, looking for the programs that covertly enter the computers of unwitting web surfers to perform tasks ranging from spamming advertising products to gathering personal information, redirecting web browsers or even using a victim's modem to call expensive toll numbers..."
[SC Magazine]

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