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Re: [News] UK Businesses Use Windows, Get Spied On

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Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> __/ [ Mark Kent ] on Friday 06 October 2006 08:29 \__
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>> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
>>> Spyware threat is growing claims PCWB
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>>>| One in two UK businesses have been affected by spyware while 14 per
>>>| cent admitted they were unaware of spyware and its effects, according
>>>| to research published today by PC World Business (PCWB).
>>>| [...]
>>>| "We're more worried about the 54 per cent of businesses that report no
>>>| affect." "The nature of spyware is that it is mostly invisible and it
>> effect, not affect ... don't these folk have an editor?
> Well, a second pair of eyes could easily overlook this. And spellchecker
> won;t help. To be fair, all those isolated typos are no big deal and I have
> heaps of them in my message.s For example, earlier today/tonight (I didn't
> sleep last night) I typed "advice" as a verb. I don't consider typos to be
> an issue, but they expose people to criticism (doubt of wits) nonetheless.

It's the editor's job to find such errors, though, which was my point.
Everyone makes typos, but commercial sites pay people to find them and
fix them :-)

>>>| is likely that many thousands of UK businesses are being impacted
>>>| by malicious software without any knowledge of it"
>>> `----
>>> http://www.itweek.co.uk/crn/news/2165658/spyware-threat-growing-claims
>> I don't think the threat has changed significantly in years, it's always
>> been very high indeed.  I do think that there's an opportunity for linux
>> desktop suppliers to offer something which is reasonably malware proof,
>> about 100,000 times safer, in fact.
> There are quite a few stories about companies that plant or take advantage of
> existing spyware on competitor's machines. It is a real threat that can lead
> to the demise of companies. That's what BI is all about. And to many,
> malware means business.

It's a very good point, of course, and should not be taken lightly.  Of
course, migration to Linux would make corporates much more secure, but
it would be very very good practice to be sure to be running multiple
variants of linux, so as to avoid the monoculture which has made them so
prone to malware and all its associated expense.

| Mark Kent   --   mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk  |
The number of feet in a yard is directly proportional to the success
of the barbecue.

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