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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Web pages help criminals trap victims

Malicious hackers and hi-tech criminals are changing tactics in a bid to outwit security firms.

Statistics show that tech-savvy criminals are starting to turn away from e-mailed viruses to webpages to snare their victims.

Also, say security firms, criminals are using spyware to get hold of personal data they can sell or use themselves.

Fake programs that pose as proper products or security updates are reported to be on the rise.

More and more malicious code is appearing in web traffic as opposed to e-mail," said Mark Sunner, chief technology officer at MessageLabs.

For instance, said Mr Sunner, many phishing attacks use fake websites to try to steal login details and personal information rather than just rely on people filling in fields on a fake mailed message.

Users are being urged to keep anti-virus software up to date and regularly use reliable anti-spyware programs such as Spybot and Ad Aware.

Related Links:
Top Ten Scams (this blog)
Kaspersky Antivirus
Sophos
Microsoft Antispyware
Spybot Search & Destroy* - recommended
Adaware
Free Antivirus from Grisoft (AVG)

1 Comments:

Blogger Mike Dammann said...

It will all come down to trusted names eventually. People will get so sick of being tricked, the companies that brand themselves well are going to dominate and get the fast majority of the business out there.

9:18 PM  

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