Keylogging up 250 per cent in two years

A new white paper from McAfee Inc's Avert Labs highlights the latest computer and online identity theft trends, and features major increases in keyloggers and phishing scams.

Entitled "Identity Theft," the report notes that keyloggers (malicious software code that tracks typing activity to capture passwords and other private information) increased by 250 percent between January 2004 and May 2006 while phishing alerts tracked by the Anti-Phishing Working Group multiplied 100-fold over the same period of time.

Dave Marcus, security research manager for McAfee Avert Labs, said the increase in keyloggers is due to financial institutions being the biggest targets for malware writers. [ Integrated ]

Linked by shanmuga Tuesday, 16th January 2007 11:53PM