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Worldwide Computer Products News-4 January 2005-McAfee reports top ten 2004 IT threats(C)1995-2005 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

IT security company McAfee (NYSE: MFE) has reported its top ten threats that were detected by the company's McAfee AVERT team in 2004.

The AVERT (Anti-virus and Vulnerability Emergency Response Team) said that Bots and Mass Mailers remained the chosen method by virus writers to deliver their threats to businesses with Exploits and Adware accounting for 60% of attacks on household computers. The team predicts that adware and unwanted content will continue to rise in 2005 with program sophistication increasing and combining with Phishing and Spam e-mails.

The McAfee AVERT top ten threats of 2004 all fall into one of three categories - spyware/adware threats, e-mail-borne virus threats, and malware threats delivered by spam. The top ten in alphabetical order is: Adware-180; Adware-Gator; Exploit-ByteVerify; Exploit-MhtRedir; JS/Noclose; W32/Bagle; W32/Mydoom; W32/Netsky; W32/Sasser; W32/Sdbot (family including sdbot, gaobot, polybot, spybot).

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Date:Jan 4, 2005
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