Malicious code activity continued to grow at a record pace in 2008, primarily targeting computer users’ personal information, according to the most recent Symantec Internet Security Threat Report. Web surfing was the year’s main source of new infections.
Ninety percent of last year’s threats targeted confidential information. Among such threats, 76 percent contained a keylogging capability, up from 72 percent in 2007.
Because of the dangers to personal information posed by malicious code during ordinary Web surfing, computer users should beef up their security practices, according to report executive editor Marc Fossi.