malware, as well as ‘spear phishing’activity (that redirects users to malicious websites),” said Michael Greene, Vice President for Product Strategy. According to ComScore, last Wednesday was the biggest online shopping day of the year with nearly $670 million in sales. And, for 2007, there have been at least 12 days where Christmas sales have topped $600 million. In the UK online shopping has reached over 7bn this year. “With all of this shopping activity fraudsters are hacking away attempting to steal holiday cheer from Internet users. We are not surprised by these increases,” said Greene, who explained that these threats are becoming even more virulent this season. “There is a clear shift from virus vandalism to cyber crime. We are continuing to monitor these targeted attacks on the enterprise sector and
on individuals,” Greene said. Looking into the New Year, Greene said the transition from viruses to
spyware will probably continue. “We believe with the introduction of Microsoft Vista™ Internet, hackers will find greater rewards in producing even more dangerous threats.” Greene said PC Tools is offering “wraparound” protection for Vista through the introduction of a new generation of award-winning Spyware Doctor(1) for both consumers and enterprise clients that will be available in
January. (1) Current awards include: PC Magazine Best Anti-Spyware 2005, Editor’s
Choice 2006; Windows XP Magazine, Editor’s Choice; PC Pro Recommended 2006, A List product; PC Answers Editor’s Choice 2006; PC Advisor Gold award 2006; PC User ‘Top Buy’ 2006; Computer Shopper Best Anti-Spyware of 2006. ABOUT PC Tools Limited PC Tools is a global security software leader with products including award-winning Spyware Doctor along with effective anti-spyware products.
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