Security experts are warning that virus writers could use new desktop search tools to make their malicious software more efficient.
Published: December 14, 2004, 2:05 PM PST By Munir Kotadia Special to CNET News.com Foad Fadaghi, senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan Australia, said that most viruses are designed to harvest e-mail addresses and other personal information from an infected system. He warned that because desktop search tools such as those recently announced by Google, Microsoft and Yahoo can index and categorize that information, virus writers are likely to start exploiting the technology. "Desktop search products are very efficient at harvesting data, so it wouldn't be surprising if exploits are sought by malicious coders. Any software that can index and capture data on a user's PC will be subject to virus and Trojan exploits. It is just a matter of time," Fadaghi said
The only easy day was yesterday.
...some do, some don't; some will, some won't (WR)