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Spyware in 87% of corporate PCs
A majority of corporate and consumer PCs are infested with spyware and it’s quickly becoming the top preoccupation of IT professionals. That’s the gist of a new report from Webroot Software, which found various forms of spyware in 87% of the machines it scanned in the first quarter of 2005.
‘Despite the antispyware tools and legislation out there, we see no relief anytime soon because there’s too much money to be made by producing spyware,’ said Richard Stiennon, vice president of threat research for the Boulder, Colo.-based company. ‘The status of adware and more malicious forms of spyware is vibrant.’
The firm’s findings — unveiled Tuesday in its first quarterly State of Spyware Report — are similar to other studies in recent months. The National Cyber Security Alliance has found that 80% of all computers are infected, for example. Atlanta-based ISP Earthlink has said an estimated 90% of PCs are infected, and Dell Inc. has said spyware accounts for 12% of all PC help desk calls.”