Hacked Off By Phishing Frauds

Batten down the firewalls, release the antispyware hounds, and up the spam alert to red status: 21 per cent of us are now more worried about online crime than about being burgled. According to a survey for the UK's Get Safe Online campaign, fear of being duped by hackers is enough to put some of us off going online altogether.

And we're right to be concerned. In the week the survey was released, coinciding with the national internet safety roadshow, Microsoft issued a record number of security patches for its software, and the online virtual world Second Life was attacked by a code storm of self-replicating grey goo. In 2005, losses due to phishing scams - bogus websites that con you into giving away your login details - amounted to more than 23m in the UK alone. RedOrbit - Technology - Hacked Off By Phishing Frauds

Linked by shanmuga Sunday, 29th October 2006 9:53PM