Savvy Hackers Making Service Contracts For Spam, Report Finds

A report from a security software company is showing the amount of spam and malicious software being sent over the Internet is booming.

In a report out today from Symantec, the Cupertino-based firm says during the first six months of the year it received more than 212,000 new malicious code threats.

That's an increase of 185 percent over the previous six months.

Symantec says part of that increase can be attributed to sophisticated thieves who sell code to criminal middlemen for as much as $1,000 per program.

The middlemen then push the code to consumers, who may be duped
into participating in a scam, or who may have their passwords, financial data and other personal data stolen and used by identity theft rings.

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