Friday, December 09, 2005

Spyware soars in 2005

Companies have seen a dramatic increase in spyware infections this year, according to the 2005 Security Threat Management Report from antivirus software company Sophos PLC.

Sophos attributes the increase to the business model used by virus writers. The goal for virus writers is financial gain through long-term infection, which is why spyware usage has been so prevalent.

The global report, (registration required), which was released Tuesday, found spyware rose to 66.4% of all malicious software threats in November this year. In January, 54.2% of all threats included a spyware payload and the year to date has shown a 48% increase in malware compared to 2004.

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