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State of the Net 2008
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September 2008
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State of the Net 2008
Our latest annual State of the Net survey found that although threats such as viruses and spyware have eased, they are still prevalent and cost consumers billions of dollars in repairs and replaced computers. Although there is less of it, spam remains heavy, and phishing is a costly threat that continues at about the same level as last year.


The current threats: How frequent and how costly

 Source: Anti-Phishing Working Group.


Based on a nationally representative survey covering the previous month (spam), six months (spyware), and two years (viruses and phishing), projected to 83.7 million Internet-using households (source: eMarketer). Total damage is calculated using the average cost of the most expensive incident.



The trends: Victims by serious threat