Spyware stages 'significant counterattack'

According to the "State of Spyware" report issued today by Webroot Software, the first three months of this year saw a "dramatic rise" in the prevalence of adware combined with a significant increase in the most malicious types of trojans and system monitors.

This malware epidemic resulted in the highest consumer infection rates since the first quarter of 2005, warning that the first quarter of 2006 saw a 15-percent jump in the share of consumer PCs infected with spyware - from 72 percent in the fourth quarter of 2005 to 87 percent in the first quarter of 2006.

The average instances of spyware on infected machines increased 18 percent over the previous quarter to 29.5 instances of spyware per infected PC, up from 24.9 instances in the fourth quarter of 2005, according to the study. News - IT Security News - SC Magazine UK

Linked by shanmuga Thursday, 11th May 2006 8:19AM