Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Spyware and identity theft

Spyware is back in the news with some chilling warnings regarding a vicious keylogger spyware application called CoolWebSearch. This program used to be mostly an annoyance, it is a browser hijacker, which installs dozens of bookmarks to porn sites, changes the home page and continually changes it back, which can slow the computer considerably.

The problem is that an anti-spyware firm has discovered that recent variants of CoolWebSearch are actually logging keys and sending them to servers operated by an ID theft ring. The information includes bank details, personal emails, eBay and PayPal accounts, and pretty much anything that you do in your computer. There is a claim that there are millions of machines infected with this.

You can get a free detection and removal tool here.

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