Decrease in spyware on the net?


Live Science reports that according to a study done by computer scientists at the University of Washington, the incidence of spyware on the internet has "significantly declined". The study checked more than 20 million websites including games, news and celebrity sites according to this article. The findings:

More 5 percent of executable files contain piggybacked spyware.
One in 62 Internet domains performs "drive-by download attacks" to force spyware on users who simply visit the site.
Game and celebrity Web sites appeared to pose the greatest risk for piggybacked spyware, while sites that offer pirated software topped the list for drive-by attacks.
Decrease in spyware on the net? | Spyware Confidential | ZDNet.com

Linked by shanmuga Saturday, 4th February 2006 2:27AM