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Cyber-crooks switch to 'soft target' home users

Poor security offers rich pickings for hackers and phishers.

Hackers are increasingly focusing on 'soft-target' home users, a new report has found.

Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report warned that hackers are exploiting the fact that home users are less likely to have security protection in place.

Attackers are using a variety of techniques to escape detection and prolong their presence on systems in order to gain more time to steal information.

They are also hijacking the PC for marketing purposes, or to provide remote access or otherwise compromise confidential information for profit.

Home users are now the most targeted attack sector, accounting for 86 percent of all targeted attacks, followed by financial services companies.

ยป CRN Australia - Will Head - 29-09-2006

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