FTC fines three men $330,000 for pushing spyware

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| Three men accused of forcing spyware onto more than 15 million computers have
| agreed to pay $330,000 in fines and to to be monitored by federal authorities
| for up to eight years.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10...re_defendants/

Just 15 million PCs?

E-mail attackers target corporate execs

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| The attachments were Microsoft Word documents — a common file type
| erroneously believed to be safe by most computer users — that if not
| intercepted would have deposited Trojan horses, or malicious programs
| disguised as benign ones, onto targeted computers.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071003/..._e_mails_execs

Joy!

PC [read: Windows] Users Have False Sense of Security

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| Most Americans are aware of the need to protect their computers from viruses
| and spyware, as well from phishing attacks -- but think they are far more
| protected than they actually are. That's according to a new survey released
| Monday by McAfee and the National Cyber Security Alliance.
|
| The study found that 87 percent of respondents thought they had installed
| antivirus software on their computers, but in fact only 52 percent had
| updated the software within the last month. More than 90 percent said they
| believed they were protected from viruses.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nf/20071002/tc_nf/55714

So it's far worse than perceived.


Related:

Botnet 'pandemic' threatens to strangle the net

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| Cerf estimated that between 100 million and 150 million of the
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| 600 million PCs on the internet are under the control of hackers,
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| the BBC reports.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/01/26/botnet_threat/