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MessageLabs notes move to malicious code in web traffic.

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Malicious code is appearing increasingly in web traffic rather than e-mail according to MessageLabs, a provider of e-mail security and management services.

Criminals have moved to webpages from e-mailed viruses and are using spyware in the attempt to obtain personal data to be used or sold to others. Fake programs and websites impersonating genuine products and security updates have increased, while the threat of malicious e-mail viruses has been seen to decline. Fake websites are used by phishing attacks attempting to obtain login details and personal information, rather than hoping people will fill in details on bogus messages.

The top net threats list compiled by security companies Kaspersky Labs and Sophos show that spyware programs are beginning to appear in significant numbers alongside e-mail worms such as Mytob and Netsky. Fortinet said botnets have become well established, resulting in increasing spam and phishing activities and security companies recommend that computer users ensure anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are kept up to date.

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