[article] Eyeing spyware

Discussion in 'Spyware' started by sethra, May 7, 2004.

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    Eyeing spyware
    Keith Ferrell, TechWeb News

    Spyware is starting to emerge from the shadows, and what's becoming clear
    is just how large the problem is.

    Some users experience the computer performance consequences of the
    problem several times a day. With more than two dozen pieces of spyware
    lurking on the average PC, surreptitious monitoring software is likely
    responsible for as many as half of all PC crashes, according to
    Microsoft. Dell says that a whopping 12 percent of its tech-service calls
    are related to spyware.

    And that doesn't even begin to touch on the questions raised by spyware's
    role in the security and privacy universe. At best, there's hidden adware
    and data-mining software that relays user habits to advertisers and
    marketers; at worst, credit-card numbers and passwords are being fed to
    those with felonious intent.
    sethra, May 7, 2004
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