Bugged by Spyware?

    Date30 Oct 2003
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Do you know what your company's computers are doing right now? Sure, they're being used to run your business. But what else are they up to behind your back? Are there any other programs running silently in the . . . Do you know what your company's computers are doing right now? Sure, they're being used to run your business. But what else are they up to behind your back? Are there any other programs running silently in the background, monitoring employee activity and sending confidential information about your company back to other organisations? Unbelievable though it may sound, there's a pretty good chance that this is indeed the case in your company. According to a recent survey conducted by UK-based security consultancy PanSec, more than 90% of all company PCs are infected with so-called "spyware". This is the term given to software that gets installed without the user's permission and which covertly gathers and transmits data about the usage of the machine.

    A report by IT market analysts The Aberdeen Group claims that there are more than 7,000 spyware programs in existence right now, running on millions of corporate and personal computers.

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