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Rise of cybercrime in Australia

Date: May 11, 2007

HACKERS have turned to the web as their preferred method of attack since computer users have become increasingly aware of how to protect against email-aware viruses and malware, says a report from SOPHOS.

The world leader in IT security and control has announced the results of its research into the worldwide cybercrime playground during the first three months of 2007.

The findings reveal that the overall number of new pieces of malware has grown dramatically, with the majority of malicious code writers selecting the web as the criminal playground of choice.

Malware is a word drawn from the two words malicious and software. It is software designed to infiltrate or even damage a computer system without the owner's consent. Malware is a general term used by computer professionals to describe various kinds of hostile or intrusive software.
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