Meanwhile, the spyware threat raised its head again last week, when a report by Webroot Software suggested it was costing the
The High-Tech Crime Unit, British Computer Society, and the EURIM e-crime sub-group are all behind clamping down on spyware, and held a meeting in
Spyware will continue to threaten organisations and individuals because there is a degree of human engineering in its method, which preys on the gullibility and habits of PC users. Only when organisations and individuals are sufficiently aware of the threats, and educated as to how they should combat them, might the threat begin to diminish.
There is an argument that says the message on PC security has become tired and worn out, a bit like a TV ad you have seen over and over again. It is no real surprise, because the message on hacking and viruses is an old one. What is needed is a radical new approach, perhaps one to shock, which gets the message home on spyware, and the potential personal financial catastrophes it can cause if allowed to run unabated on machines.
We have had a series of pretty unconvincing messages so far on the threats posed by identity theft. The message on spyware must be much sharper, targeted, and innovative - and it must work.