Why spyware is really bad

Discussion in 'Virus Information' started by henry baker, Jun 17, 2004.

  1. henry baker

    henry baker Guest

    That browser hijack or spyware may be a lot more than just an annoying
    pest. It may be costing consumers billions of dollars. Of course, you
    may have saved a dollar or two by not buying good software, and who cares
    about everyone else?
    Well, it may be you, too. Aiding and abetting a phish, even "innocently,"
    may get you in a lot of trouble. Once you turn on your computer, you are
    no longer "innocent," you are expected to be responsible for everything
    your computer does. At the minimum, when you are reported, you will be
    shut down, hopefully for a long time, and investigated thoroughly.

    "Internet-based scammers illegally accessing checking accounts ripped
    off consumers to the tune of $2.4 billion in the last 12 months, research
    firm Gartner said on Tuesday.
    The two most-common methods scammers use to lift bank-account numbers are
    key loggers planted by spyware--software typically loaded onto a computer
    without the consumer's knowledge--and phishing attacks, E-mail messages
    that try to trick users into divulging financial information. ..."

    http://www.informationweek.com/story/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=21800505
     
    henry baker, Jun 17, 2004
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    anonymous Guest

    where's the updated list of comcast zombies?
     
    anonymous, Jun 17, 2004
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