Total Failure of Information Security

By | May 11, 2006

The average user´s computer is absolutely crawling with spyware and popups. According to the National Cyber Security Alliance a staggering 91 percent in the study have spyware on their computers. According to a report from EarthLink and Webroot Software, a scans of over 1 million Internet-connected computers found there´s an average of almost 28 spyware programs running on each computer.

Spyware can cause extremely slow performance, excessive and unsolicited pop-up advertisements, hijacked home pages, theft of personal information (including financial information such as credit card numbers), monitoring of Web-browsing activity for marketing purposes, routing of HTTP requests to advertising sites, etc. Sometimes Spyware can cross the line when it expose adult pornography to children.

Eric Howes, a renowned security researcher at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found that many of the best-performing anti-spyware scanner “fail miserably” when it comes to removing spyware from infected computers, with some missing up to 25% percent of the critical files and registry entries installed by the malicious programs. Recovering from malware is becoming impossible, according to Microsoft.Read Full Story

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