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  .: Spyware cost firms $62B in 2005
"An alarming rise in the number of corporate data breaches, combined with a climbing sophistication of spyware threats and distribution methods, made 2005 the “biggest year yet for spyware," new research has claimed.

According to latest State of Spyware report issued today by Webroot Software, consumers, small businesses and enterprises across the globe all experienced a record number of infection rates for the worst types of spyware in 2005. Most alarming was the rise in the most malicious types of spyware - trojans and system monitors..." [SC Magazine]

  .: Rise in Corporate Data Breaches and Increased Sophistication of Spyware
"An alarming rise in the number of corporate data breaches combined with a steady rise in the sophistication of spyware threats and distribution methods made 2005 the biggest year yet for spyware, according to latest State of Spyware report issued today by Webroot Software.

Consumers, small businesses and enterprises across the globe all experienced a record number of infection rates for the worst types of spyware in 2005 according to the report which contains data and information on the spyware plague for all of 2005..." [Security Park]

  .: Spyware fight attracts a crowd
"Four groups have sprung up to fight the insidious software that pops up ads on screens or spies on PC users. Is that too much of a good thing?

Last month, the number of efforts to fight adware and spyware doubled with the announcement of two new initiatives: Spywaretesting.org, a consortium of antivirus companies, and StopBadware.org, an initiative led by two universities. These join the Trusted Download Program and the Anti-Spyware Coalition, both formed last year..." [news.com]

 
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  .: Advertisers may face public humiliation over adware
"Companies could find themselves put up for public humiliation by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission if they continue to advertise through insidious ad-serving software.

Such a move might help in the battle against adware, FTC Commissioner Jon Leibowitz said Thursday at an event here hosted by the Anti-Spyware Coalition. Adware is software that displays pop-up ads on PCs, often after Internet searches..." [news.com]

  .: Security breach prompts Bank of America to cancel cards
"A security breach involving an undisclosed company has prompted Bank of America to cancel the debit cards of numerous customers, a spokesman for the country's largest bank said Tuesday.

Bank of America refused to release the name of the company involved, the exact number of customers affected or whether the company in question was online or a traditional brick-and-mortar establishment..." [news.com]

  .: Study Notes Decline in Internet Spyware
"A new study details the extent and seriousness of potentially destructive spyware on the Internet, finding that it is still prevalent but declined significantly.

University of Washington computer scientists sampled more than 20 million Internet sites looking for programs that can covertly enter computers. While most spyware can be a nuisance—generating pop-ups, loading unwanted programs—it can also perform such malicious tasks as gathering personal data or using your modem to dial costly toll numbers..." [Live Science]

 
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