By Robert Jaques VNUNet 12/03/04 9:02 AM PT An indirect cost of spyware is that it crosses the boundary between security and system management by deluging help desks with complaints about pop-ups, application failures and poor performance. Spyware's ability to track keystrokes, scan hard drives and change system settings is a tremendous personal and enterprise security threat. The global spyware plague has reached epidemic proportions, with the cost to global PC users set to rocket by 2,400 percent over the next four years. According to newly published research from IDC, the need to identify and eradicate these parasitic programs will drive anti-spyware software revenues from 12 million USD in 2003 to 305 USD million in 2008.
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...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)