Spyware and Malware Threats Forecast
Internet security forecasts can lead us to believe that we are in for some stormy online weather. But being aware of and prepared for dangerous Web conditions may help you to stay safe online.
The experts at Lavasoft have put together a round-up of the top threats that we have been seeing, and unfortunately expect to see more of in the future. From rootkits to various identity theft attempt techniques, our top five threats list will help you to know what to be on the lookout for.
Threat #1: Rootkits
Threat #2: Fake Codecs
Threat #3: IM Vulnerabilities and Attacks
Threat #4: Exploits in Windows, Browsers, and Legitimate Software Applications
Threat #5: Phishing & Identity Theft Attempts
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Source: CNET News.com
Term of the Month
A bot herder is a hacker who installs malicious software on a PC without the knowledge of the computer user, with the ultimate goal of controlling thousands of compromised machines. Once hackers install their software, they are capable of controlling the infected computers remotely. After they have compromised enough computers, bot herders have a robot network, or botnet, under their command.
How can you help fight the botnet battle, and make sure that your PC does not end up under a bot herder’s control? Contributing to the problem is the large number of home users whose computers do not have adequate protection and are easy prey for botnet operators. It is critical that home users install up-to-date firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spyware software, in addition to being cautious when going online. If you have been a victim of cyber crime, you can also file a complaint online through the Internet Crime Complaint Center.
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