IDG’s PCWorld.com Publishes Exclusive Five-Part Series: Web of Crime Attacks on Personal and Business PCs are no Longer Just for Amateurs

SAN FRANCISCO – August 22, 2005 – PCWorld.com today launched "Web of Crime: Enter the Professionals," the debut article of the five-part series "Web of Crime." Each installment, to be published daily during the week of August 22, 2005, will explore a different facet of the growing trend of Internet crime for profit. The articles can be found at: http://www.pcworld.com/news/article/0,aid,122258,00.asp.

Each piece has a specific focus, delving into the complexities of how criminals use malicious software, or malware, for illegal financial gain and how it affects computer users, businesses, and law enforcement:

– Enter the Professionals: Overview of Internet crime and how it has matured (8/22)

– Zombie PC Armies Designed to Suck Your Wallet Dry: Turning computers into zombies: how botnets work (8/23)

– Web Gangs Go Global: Who's doing it and where the crimes are being committed (8/24)

– Internet Sieges Cost Business a Bundle: Who pays for it: Cost to business and a "Protective Measures" sidebar (8/25)

– Who's Catching The Cyber Crooks?: What law enforcement is doing to combat the problem (8/26)

The series also offers tips on how average users or businesses can protect themselves, scheduled to be published as a sidebar on Thursday, August 25, 2005. A few of the recommendations are: "Harden" and protect your domain name servers; invest in gateway spam and content/URL filtering; and run antivirus, anti-spyware, and firewall software at all times.

A study by Computer Economics puts the worldwide financial impact of major virus attacks at nearly $18 billion in 2004, up from $13 billion in 2003. Additionally, 75% of malware that enters anti-virus firm Kaspersky Labs is "obviously meant to create money."

To learn more about Internet security and safety, go to http://www.pcworld.com/.

About PC World

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About IDG

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. A privately-held company, IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers including Bio-IT World, CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Network World, and PC World. The company features the largest network of technology-specific Web sites with more than 400 around the world. IDG is also a leading producer of more than 170 computer-related events worldwide including LinuxWorld Conference & Expo(R), Macworld Conference & Expo(R), DEMO(R), and IDC Directions. IDC provides global market research and advice through offices in 50 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com/.

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