“Spyware” emerges as new online threat

Cnn Money is reporting that Add another online hazard to the list: spyware.
Programs that hide in users’ computers and secretly monitor their activities are emerging as the next high-tech plague, experts say.
Spyware can sap computing power, crash machines and bury users under a blizzard of unwanted ads. It can capture passwords, credit-card numbers and other sensitive data.
Spyware has even begun to burrow into popular culture.
“I was watching a soap opera the other day, and two characters were saying, ‘Did you install that spyware in that person’s machine?”‘ said Mozelle Thompson, a commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission.
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