IDG’s 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 – 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:,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."

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