Symantec reports high rise in threats to confidential information

Posted on Monday, March 21 2005 @ 19:42 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Computer security firm Symantec reports an increase in phishing and trojan attacks and. Confidential data is also at risk since more than half of the malicious sample codes sent to Symantec were designed to reveal confidential information.

Trojan horses accounted for a third of the top 50 of malicious code samples.

Phishing - the act of stealing passwords, credit card numbers and other confidential information by making people believe that a fake website is genuine - is also dangerously increasing. In July 2004 the company blocked about 9 million phishing attempts a week while this already increased to 33 million at the end of the year.

More information at Information Week and Symantec

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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