2005 bad year for spyware

By Derek Sooman on
2005 was the worse year on record for spyware, with incidents of spyware reaching epidemic levels. All over the world, consumers, small businesses and enterprises are experiencing problems with spyware, with problems with trojans and system monitors reaching tremendous levels.

"This past year was a boon for spyware criminals. Last month Webroot surveyed U.S. businesses and found that over half of respondents reported a spyware-disruption that resulted in lost revenue, a statistic mirrored by a recent FBI study which surmised that computer-related crimes such as spyware cost U.S. business $62 billion. That is 10 percent more than all identity fraud and over 60 times the cost of telecommunications fraud," said David Moll, CEO of Webroot Software.

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