McAfee Reports on Online Identity Theft Trends

McAfee has announced the availability of a white paper from McAfee Avert Labs highlighting global identity theft trends, including a dramatic increase in online and computer-based identity theft. According to the report, the number of keyloggers -- malicious software code that tracks typing activity to capture passwords and other private information -- has increased by 250 percent between January 2004 and May 2006. Additional findings show that the number of phishing alerts tracked by the Anti-Phishing Working Group has multiplied 100-fold over the same period of time. The report, titled “Identity Theft”, is available for download here. It also provides practical guidelines that minimize the risk of identity theft to help readers protect themselves and prevent this increasingly common crime.

“Identity theft is a global phenomenon that threatens all of us, which means we all need to become more aware, more vigilant and less trusting to protect ourselves,” said Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Avert Labs. “By learning where we are vulnerable, and how and why criminals engage in identity theft, we can then take the necessary precautions to avoid being victimized.” McAfee Reports on Online Identity Theft Trends - Tech News - - Science & Technology

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