Security: Cyber espionage
Spyware is a problem that has become as ubiquitous as the internet itself. The quarantining solutions proffered by some developers could in fact only serve to exacerbate the problem. Frank Coggrave reports
In the face of recent viruses, such as Sasser and Netsky, spyware might not seem an important risk to business. But malicious spyware is a serious threat that cannot be ignored. Traditionally, spy-ware surreptitiously and invisibly gathers information on a user and transmits the information back to website operators, who then use the data to present users with targeted adverts. Or they sell their database of internet usage statistics to other organ-isations. But to play down the real threat of spy-ware, and the risk for misuse, would be to vastly underestimate the potential harm it can cause.
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