Trojans: worse than a virus

WHEN some of the most prolific viruses, such as Sobig and Lovebug, infected the world's computers, it was international news. The rise of the potentially more serious threat from trojans has been stealthier.

Even though the number of trojans being created outnumber new viruses by four to one, many computer users are unaware of the threat. Computer security experts say the authors of trojans are ruthlessly exploiting this ignorance.

A trojan could be installed when downloading a screensaver or other software, or opening an e-mail attachment. Once installed, it sits on the computer and “harvests” personal information that is then relayed to another computer. Trojans: worse than a virus - Sunday Times - Times Online

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