McAfee's Threat List Incomplete, Analyst Says... "I would think that phishing -- which directly leads to identity theft and fraud -- is more dangerous than [adware program] Gator," said Ed Moyle of SecurityCurve. "I'd take being marketed to over having my identity stolen given the choice."
By Susan B. Shor TechNewsWorld 01/04/05 11:35 AM PT MaAfee has released a list of the top 10 computer threats of 2004, but the security firm hasn't gone far enough, according to one analyst. "The McAfee list, while I'm sure it's accurate according to their methodology, leaves quite a few very important points unsaid," Ed Moyle of SecurityCurve told TechNewsWorld. "First of all, this is being billed as the 'top 10 threats for 2004.' It clearly isn't. While I understand that McAfee has a reason to want to focus on malware -- since they sell malware products -- I think that they need to qualify that by adding that these are top threats within their scope only." Bots, Exploits, Mass Mailers, Adware The list, composed by McAfee's Avert antivirus team, lists adware, bots and viruses. The team reported that bots and mass mailers are still virus writers' favorite methods of spreading their attacks in business settings. Sixty percent of threats to home users come in the form of exploits and adware, Avert said. After dropping 5 percent per year between 2000 and 2003, the rate of virus production increased in 2004. Avert's list, in alphabetical order, includes Adware-180, Adware-Gator, Exploit-ByteVerify, Exploit-MhtRedir, JS/Noclose, W32/Bagle, W32/Mydoom, W32/Netsky, W32/Sasser and W32/Sdbot (the family including sdbot, gaobot, polybot, spybot). McAfee said that it expects continued increases in the threat from bots, programs that install on a computer but are controlled from outside it; adware and spyware; and phishing scams.
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