Spy-phishing reaches 3% of UK Home PCs

Widespread broadband access demands that UK users educate themselves about the possible risks of online commerce.

Trend Micro, Inc., an antivirus and Internet content security provider, frequently scans PCs across Britain through its HouseCall application.

The company reports that 3% of home computers scanned last month were infected with a specific type of spyware. Keylogging, commonly called spy-phishing, is a technique used to steal users’ identities and banking information.

Spy-phishing is the illegal method of sending emails that contain logos, graphics, and styles that mimic the companies that the scammers are impersonating.

Users are urged to examine all emails and websites with strict scepticism.